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Renowned Professor wins National Teaching Fellowship
Professor Renate Weller has become the seventh veterinarian to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
Renate Weller recognised for contributions to education

A renowned RVC professor has become the seventh veterinarian to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Renate Weller, a professor in comparative imaging and biomechanics, received the award in recognition of her substantial and international contributions to education and pedagogy.

During her career, Professor Weller has led many innovations, which have been implemented both in veterinary and human medicine. They include the medically themed “bake-off” for students and staff called “Sweet Anatomy” and an interactive online cases and clinical skills station that students can access independently for diagnostic imaging.

Professor Weller has also received two RVC Awards for excellence in teaching and been inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Farriers in recognition of her leadership in developing and delivering CPD programmes for farriers.

Commenting on her award, Professor Weller said: “I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very early age. Having grown up on a pig farm all I ever wanted to do was care for animals. A few decades later I am doing exactly that: as a clinician, researcher and teacher.
 
“As a child, little did I know that my role as a teacher would have far greater effect on my ability to alleviate the suffering of animals than as a veterinary practitioner.

“I am delighted to receive this accolade and very much look forward to continuing to influence future generations of veterinarians. No other achievement makes me prouder than the acknowledgement from my students that I influenced their life for the better.”

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Scheme to protect wildlife and reduce flooding

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 Natural England has announced a new scheme to improve flood protection, boost wildlife and create 160 hectares of new saltmarsh. The £6 million scheme in Lancashire will effectively unite the RSPB’s Hesketh Out Marsh Reserve and Natural England’s Ribble Estuary National Nature Reserve. The completed reserve will be the largest site of its kind in the north of England. 

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Welfare event to discuss ethical dilemmas faced by vets

Students and ethics experts will host an event on the difficult moral challenges facing vets. Ethical issues, such as euthanasia and breeding animals for certain physical traits, will be discussed by prominent speakers including TV vet Emma Milne and RSPCA chief vet James Yeates. Other topics will include how to tackle suspected animal abuse and the extent of surgical intervention.

The conference will look at how these dilemmas affect the wellbeing of vets, and explore how to better prepare veterinary students for work. It will be held at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus from 30 September - 1 October 2017. Tickets can be purchased here.