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RCVS launches new initiatives to mark 175th anniversary
Monday (15 April) marked the 175th anniversary of the first meeting of the RCVS Council.

College to follow cohort of veterinary students over 25 years

The RCVS has launched a series of exciting initiatives to mark its 175th anniversary.

Among them will be a digital project to preserve and showcase the original petition letters from practitioners that led to the creation of its first Royal Charter. This will be accompanied by an interactive digital timeline of key events from the veterinary profession over the past 175 years.

The RCVS has also announced plans to commence a longitudinal research project that will follow a group of veterinary students over the next 25 years. It is hoped this will lead to a better understanding of students’ initial hopes and aspirations and their following career choices and paths.

Monday (15 April) marked the 175th anniversary of the first meeting of the RCVS Council, which came about after the creation of its Royal Charter on 8 March 1844.

Frustrated with the quality of veterinary education at the time, two father and son veterinary surgeons from Staffordshire wrote a petition addressed to the Governors or the RVC, which was later distributed to other veterinary professionals to sign.

More than 250 veterinary surgeons responded with a letter agreeing for their signatures to be added to the petition. This then initiated the campaign for a Charter to create the RCVS.

RCVS CEO Lizzie Lockett said: “This first Royal Charter recognised the ‘veterinary art’ as a profession, established RCVS Council with elected members, and gave the College power to administer examinations, which students of the then veterinary colleges in London and Edinburgh had to pass if they wished to be styled veterinary surgeons and have the privileges of members of a profession.

“We are proud that, 175 years later, we are still fulfilling these original Charter functions, and considerably more besides. Take, for example, our Mind Matters and Leadership Initiatives, which may not have been envisaged at the time but ensure we continue to be relevant, and support a modern, forward-thinking profession.”
She continued: “It’s fitting that we are celebrating the 175th anniversary of when we were asked to address educational standards at the Royal Veterinary College in the year in which that establishment’s veterinary degree course was ranked number one globally in the QS rankings.”

Visit more information and regular updates about the College’s 175th-anniversary celebrations.

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.