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Internal medicine specialist joins WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group
Nat Whitley (pictured) is an internal medicine specialist with Davies Veterinary Specialists.

Global group provides expertise on small animal vaccinations

Nat Whitley, a European specialist in small animal internal medicine has joined the team of renowned professionals that make up the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group, after having his application accepted earlier this month.

According to WSAVA, the Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) provides evidence-based scientific advice to the global veterinary profession on best practice when vaccinating dogs and cats. The group is chaired by Dr Richard Squires, associate professor in companion animal medicine at James Cook University.

Since being assembled in 2006, the VGG has produced:

  • Three editions of the WSAVA Global Guidelines on Vaccination for Veterinarians
  • Two editions of the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines for Pet Owners and Breeders
  • Regional Guidelines for veterinarians in Asia and Latin America.

Nat Whitley joined Davies Veterinary Specialists in 2005 as an internal medicine and cardiology clinician. He became director in 2007, head of medicine in 2010 and eventually took on the role of clinical director in 2018.

In 2017, he was awarded an RCVS fellowship for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice (MCCP). He has also been a part of multiple committees for the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) and BSAVA.

He has authored multiple journal articles and contributed to the recent consensus statement from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine on the treatment of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia in dogs.

Dr Whitley said: “I feel honoured to have been accepted as a member of this highly respected team, which the late Emeritus Professor Michael Day led with such distinction. I have referenced the WSAVA Vaccination guidelines for many years in my CPD talks and webinars and now look forward to working with Dr Richard Squires and my fellow members to develop and share worldwide the latest evidence-based knowledge on vaccination.”

For more information on the VGG please visit the WSAVA website.

Image (c) Davies Veterinary Specialists.

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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk 

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Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.