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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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Sale of microbeads now banned

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 The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. 

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George Eustice announces funding for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

Farming minister George Eustice has announced a 5.7million funding package to help farmers tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

The funding will be available in England for three years through the Rural Development Programme and farmers will be able to apply for one-to-one farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner.

The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.