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Code of Conduct refreshers for recent graduates
Catching up on the Code
Top subject for vet graduate reunions

The Veterinary Defence Society (VDS), in partnership with the RCVS and supported by other key veterinary organisations, is running a series of graduate reunions over the upcoming months. These are aimed at vets who qualified in the UK or Ireland in 2018, and will be held at graduates’ corresponding vet schools to provide an opportunity for CPD and a Code of Conduct refresher.
The events will enable attendees to connect with veterinary professionals and experts, gaining tailored advice and support. They are also an ideal opportunity for new vets to catch up with each other, discuss what experiences they may have shared in their first year of working and hone their non-clinical skills.
The day is led by a member of the VDS Training team. In addition to this, representatives from the following veterinary organisations will be in attendance to answer graduate questions: RCVS, BVA, BSAVA, BVNA, SPVS, VMG and Vetlife.

Graduates will also be treated to a series of ‘performances’ by professional actors posing as clients and vets, giving them an opportunity to improve their practice by drawing on their own experiences in a fun, interactive and non–confrontational setting.
In addition to this, the day will include a number of discussions around the difference between negligence and misconduct, being asked to falsify documents, out-of-hours work, aggressive clients, and making mistakes, where various representatives will be called upon for their expertise.

The upcoming reunions are scheduled as follows:
  • University of Nottingham – Saturday 5 October
  • University of Liverpool – Saturday 26 October
  • University of Cambridge Veterinary School – Saturday 2 November
  • University College Dublin – Saturday 16 November
  • University of Bristol – Saturday 23 November
  • The University of Edinburgh – Saturday 7 December
Each day’s workshop awards seven hours of CPD – equivalent to five Continuing Veterinary Education credits for UCD. The events are followed by a dinner and some drinks, then a ceilidh/disco to which attendees can bring a partner for an additional cost.
Tickets cost £75 and can be reserved by contacting the VDS Training Team.

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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit  

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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."