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Veterinary Schools Council names new chair
Professor Susan Dawson.

Professor Susan Dawson will guide efforts to promote UK veterinary education

The Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) has named Professor Susan Dawson as its new chair.

Professor Dawson is Dean of the Institute of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool. With a background in infectious disease and public health, she is also chair of the RCVS education committee and a non-executive director at Pets at Home.

She succeeds Professor Ewan Cameron and will guide the Council as it works to promote UK veterinary education and research. This will include working with the RCVS to improve graduate outcomes and coordinating with medicine and dentistry on antimicrobial stewardship.

As Chair, Professor Dawson will also keep government informed of the benefit of EU staff and research funding as the UK enters the critical stages of the Brexit process.  

Commenting on her appointment, Susan said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to lead the Council over the next period of its development and am keen to take forward the themes identified in VSC’s Strategic Plan.

"These include leadership, recruitment and research, as well as curriculum and assessment. My experience in education matters will be helpful as we continue working with the Royal College and employers to ensure that graduate outcomes are appropriate to today’s workplace.’

Professor Ewan Cameron said: “VSC has made great progress in the last three years, with its links with other bodies in the sector now deeper than ever before and its committees of vet school experts generating work ranging from admissions guidance to research mentorship. The Council will now be in excellent hands with Susan and I look forward to its continuing positive influence on veterinary education.”

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Zoo animals step on the scales for annual weigh-in

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 Squirrel monkeys, penguins and meerkats are just some of the animals that stepped on the scales on Thursday (22 August) for the start of ZSL London Zoo’s annual weigh-in.

The annual event gives keepers a chance to check the animals in their care are healthy, eating well and growing at the correct weight. Keepers say that a growing waistline can also help them to detect pregnancies, which is vital as many of the species at the zoo are endangered.

The data is then added to a database shared with zoos and conservationists across the globe. This helps keepers to compare information and provide better care for the species they are fighting to protect.  

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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.