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Lion treated for earache at London Zoo
Bhanu receives annual health-checks and ear-cleanings due to his narrow ear canals.

The endangered Asiatic lion’s ears were cleaned to prevent ear infection.

An endangered lion has been treated by specialist veterinary surgeons at London Zoo to clear out the 174kg feline’s ears.

Bhanu, a 13-year-old Asiatic lion, now receives annual health-checks and ear-cleanings after a CAT scan last year discovered that his unusually narrow ear canals were causing him ear infections, and preventing eardrops reaching the problem.

He is also prescribed regular inflammatory and anti-fungal medication.

Before his treatment, thanks to expert training, Bhanu chose to calmly present his leg so that the anaesthetic could be administered. He soon drifted to sleep under a cooling blanket.

To complete the procedure, a specialist endoscopy camera the size of a pipe-cleaner was used to give the veterinary surgeons a good view of his ears, allowing them to thoroughly clear the passage and administer medication to target the cause.

The procedure was completed by the Zoological Society of London’s veterinary team, the Royal Veterinary College and veterinary equipment specialists STORZ.

London Zoo veterinary surgeon Stefan Saverimuttu said: “This yearly check-up helps us to provide the very best care for Bhanu’s ears, but also means we can monitor his overall health at the same time - checking his eyes, teeth and heart are all in tip top condition too.

This is vital for Bhanu, but also for his species; Bhanu is an important member of the European-wide breeding programme for Endangered Asiatic lions, designed to protect a healthy and genetically diverse population in conservation zoos across Europe.”

After waking up from his anaesthetic, Bhanu was soon back to prowling around his Land of the Lions home with lioness Arya. The team will continue to monitor Bhanu’s ear over the coming months and will perform another ear clean next year.

Image (C) Zoological Society of London

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.