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Nottingham vet school to double student numbers
RCVS figures show that 18 per cent of non-UK EU vets are actively looking for work outside the UK due to concerns about Brexit.
New plans come as profession faces rising vet shortage 

The University of Nottingham is set to double its intake of veterinary students, by implementing a new ‘dual-intake’ strategy.

In the new academic year, 150 students will take up their place at vet school in September this year, followed by a further 150 in April 2020.

The move comes as the profession is facing a shortage of qualified vets - a situation that is expected to worsen after Brexit.

RCVS figures show that almost a third of non-UK EU vets are considering moving back home, while 18 per cent are actively looking for work outside the UK due to concerns about Brexit.

Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, confirmed in November that the UK is experiencing an 11 per cent shortfall in existing vet numbers. The need for certification for food exports is estimated to rise by 200 per cent in the run-up to Brexit.

Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science will be increasing its staff to enable the school to keep class sizes small.

Foundation dean Professor Gary England said: “Our team of dedicated and entrepreneurial staff is delighted that a move to a dual intake will open up this fantastic opportunity to many more students without increasing group sizes and while maintaining the excellent student experience which is synonymous with Nottingham.”

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Veterinary Evidence Student Awards winners revealed

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 The first winners of the RCVS Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Awards have been revealed.

Molly Vasanthakumar scooped first prize for her knowledge summary comparing the ecological impact of woven versus disposable drapes. She found that there is not enough evidence that disposable synthetics reduce the risk of surgical site.

Second prize went to Honoria Brown of the University of Cambridge, for her paper: ‘Can hoof wall temperature and digital pulse pressure be used as sensitive non-invasive diagnostic indicators of acute laminitis onset?’

Edinburgh’s Jacqueline Oi Ping Tong won third prize for critically appraising the evidence for whether a daily probiotic improved clinical outcomes in dogs with idiopathic diarrhoea. The papers have all achieved publication in RCVS Knowledge’s peer-reviewed journal, Veterinary Evidence.  

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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) seeks three new trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve animal welfare through veterinary science, education and debate.

Veterinary and animal welfare professionals from across the UK may apply, particularly those with experience in equine and small animal practice and research management. Trustees must attend at least two meetings a year, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in London.

For more information about the role, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk. Applications close at midnight on 13 August 2019.