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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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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.