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University of Bristol launches fast-track vet course
The new course will welcome its first students in September 2019.

Course enables completion of the BVSc in four years instead of five

A new four-year training course that will allow budding vets to fast-track their training has been launched at the University of Bristol.

The Veterinary Science: Accredited Graduate Entry (BVSc) course has been created for graduates in a relevant science subject. Welcoming its first students in September 2019, the course enables completion of the BVSc in four years instead of five.

In a press release, the University of Bristol said the course 'responds to calls for innovation in veterinary education while upholding current best practice in adult education'. It added that it has been ‘designed specifically for graduate learners’ and will see students guided through ‘case-based, tutor facilitated teaching’.

Students will learn in the brand-new purpose-built teaching facilities at Bristol Veterinary School, Langford, North Somerset. Here they will have access to first-class clinical facilities including equine and small animal hospitals, a dairy farm and diagnostic laboratories.

"As someone who was a graduate entry veterinary student myself, I feel passionately about providing opportunities to those who make the choice to train as a vet later in their educational journey,” said professor Richard Hammond, head of Bristol Veterinary School.

“This new programme, delivered in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities will focus on a more student-centred, case-based approach in small groups and with lots of tutor contact and support. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students to Bristol in September 2019". 

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Charity reveals it treated thousands of pets with dental issues last year

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 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that its veterinary team performs dental procedures on more than 170 animals every month. Last year the charity says it extracted hundreds of teeth from more than 800 animals and carried out thousands of routine scales and polishes.

To combat the problem, Battersea is urging pet owners to get regular dental checks at their vets, implement a daily oral care routine, feed a good dental chew and only give toys that are designed for dogs, including gentle rubber toys that are less wearing on the teeth. 

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Voting opens for RCVS council elections

Eligible veterinary surgeons can now vote in this year’s RCVS Council elections. Four out of the 10 candidates are already on council and are standing for re-election: David Catlow, Mandisa Greene, Neil Smith, Susan Paterson. The remaining six candidates are not currently on council: John C Davies, Karlien Heyman, John Innes, Thomas Lonsdale, Matthew Plumtree and Iain Richards.

Further information on the candidates can be found on the RCVS website: