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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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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.