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The Dick Vet appoints chair of general veterinary practice
The school is the first to introduce a Division of General Veterinary Practice.
Professor Adam Tjolle took the role in September 2023.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has appointed Professor Adam Tjolle as its new chair of general veterinary practice.

Prof Tjolle, who has 25 years experience in mixed practice, began the role in September 2023 and now leads the school’s new Division of General Veterinary Practice.

The Division was created to increase integration in the profession, aiming to support students, practices and clients in changing veterinary landscapes. Prof Tjolle will work to prepare practitioners and businesses for many scenarios.

The school is the first to introduce a Division of General Veterinary Practice.

Prof Tjolle said: “The Dick Vet is established as an innovative centre of excellence, and it’s a huge privilege to help further its mission by educating and celebrating the joy and the genius of general veterinary practice.”

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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.