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Studentship to improve animal welfare
The studentship will investigate ways to imrove animal welfare and minimise the suffering of rodents used in stroke research.
University of Nottingham awarded grant to minimise the suffering of rodents in stroke research

The University of Nottingham has been awarded £90,000 from the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).

Dr Rebecca Trueman, in the School of Life Sciences, will use the money to supervise a three year PhD studentship to improve animal welfare and minimise the suffering of rodents used in stroke research and assess and promote the use of a milder model of stroke.

The NC3Rs has invested £900,000 to support studentship projects at eight UK institutions to minimise and improve animal research. Each project will investigate ways to replace the use of animals in research, reduce the number of animals used and improve laboratory animal welfare.

Dr Trueman said: “To discover and develop these new treatments requires the use of animals, primarily mice. The funding of this project from the NC3Rs will allow my team to develop new, more sensitive ways to assess the effects of stroke in mice. This means that we will be able to induce a far milder form of stroke than is commonly used for research, therefore significantly improving animal welfare but still enabling new treatments to be developed for this disabling and life limiting disease.”

Dr Vicky Robinson, Chief Executive of the NC3Rs said: “We are committed to supporting scientists at the start of their careers as it is vital to embed the 3Rs principles at this early stage. These young scientists are people who will take the 3Rs approach into the future. The PhD projects that we have funded in the past have explored some really exciting areas of science and the findings are already having a real impact on the use of animals in research.”

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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Second edition of BSAVA's Thoracic Imaging manual released

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has released the second edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Thoracic Imaging.

This edition provides new knowledge, gathered from CTs and MRIs, some of which can be applied to radiographic interpretation.

The first section explores different imaging modalities for thoracic imaging, including recommended uses. The second section illustrates features of normalcy and disease in the main anatomic compartment of the thorax.

This includes structured information about thoracic imaging interpretation and individual body systems.

There is also a new chapter exploring how artificial intelligence could be applied to the practice.

Tobias Schwarz and Peter Scrivani, who edited the book, said: "We are grateful to the many radiologists and other specialists from around the world who contributed to this manual by writing chapters, supplying images, and providing feedback.

"Our aim was to ensure that the manual was as up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive as possible."

Print copies can be purchased in the BSAVA store, with a digital version in the BSAVA library.