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Princess Royal opens new facility at Surrey Vet School
HRH The Princess Royal toured the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Large animal clinic gives students a chance to hone their practical skills

HRH the Princess Royal has officially opened the Large Animal Clinical Facilities at Surrey Veterinary School, marking five years since the University of Surrey welcomed its first cohort of veterinary students. 


The Princess Royal toured the School of Veterinary Medicine, where she met with staff and students and learned more about their work. She also viewed a demonstration of an innovative new equine gut model that will help researchers understand more about the gut microbiota of horses and how they are affected by diet, disease and medication.

Comprising state-of-the-art teaching aids and simulation models, the new large animal clinical facilities provide students with the chance to hone their practical skills. In a press release, the University said this ‘experience enable students to reach a high level of confidence and proficiency prior to working with real animal patients’.

“We are honoured to welcome The Princess Royal to the Vet School today, and very grateful that Her Royal Highness has officially opened the Large Animal Clinical Skills Facilities,” said Professor Chris Proudman, head of the school of veterinary medicine. “Preparing students for life as a vet is our number one priority; the hands-on experience they will get through the use of this facility is invaluable and enables them to give the best possible care to all animals.

“We are also very grateful to the Longhurst family, without whom these teaching resources would not have been possible – their generosity is helping us to teach the vets of the future.”


The Princess Royal’s visit marks five years since Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen. More than 600 students now attend the £45 million school, which has close links with government agencies, veterinary professions and industry.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to The Princess Royal for joining us today to officially open this impressive facility,” commented Professor Max Lu, president and vice-chancellor at the University of Surrey. “In the five extraordinary years since its doors opened, the School of Veterinary Medicine has exceeded all our expectations and I look forward to seeing what our current students go on to achieve in the next five years and beyond.”

Professor Roberto La Ragione, deputy head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey, added: “We are thankful and honoured to have hosted The Princess Royal at our School and showcased our new teaching and research facilities, that will ensure that our School of Veterinary Medicine remains among the best teaching institutions.”

Image (C) University of Surrey.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.