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Bristol Veterinary School gains AVMA accreditation
"This recognition is testament to the world-leading teaching, research, state-of-the-art facilities and overall student experience offered at Bristol Veterinary School."

Graduates will be eligible to practise anywhere in the world

The University of Bristol Veterinary School (BVS) has been awarded full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The accreditation means that BVSc Veterinary Science graduates can now practise anywhere in the world, and further BVSc AGEP Veterinary Science graduates will be able to practise veterinary medicine in the USA and Canada.

Professor Richard Hammond, head of Bristol Veterinary School, said: "We are delighted to have received the AVMA accreditation. This recognition is testament to the world-leading teaching, research, state-of-the-art facilities and overall student experience offered at Bristol Veterinary School.

"It is also excellent news for our students who have the added opportunity to make vital contributions to veterinary medicine on a global scale."

Bristol's Veterinary School is one of only seven veterinary schools with AVMA accreditation in Europe. The accreditation is based on an evaluation of educational standards, research, teaching, student experience and clinical delivery.

Besides enabling its students to practise on a global scale, the accreditation is also a mark of quality assurance to let the public, veterinary practices and students know that Bristol's education is compliant with agreed benchmarks and standards. 

The prestigious award also adds to Bristol's list of existing accreditations, which include the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the South African Veterinary Council.

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.

 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.

 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit or contact the HSA office.