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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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Pair of endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Colchester Zoo

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 Keepers at Colchester Zoo are hailing the arrival of a pair of critically endangered Amur leopard cubs.

The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

Amur leopards originate from the Russian Far East and north-east China. In the wild they are threatened by climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.

The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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RCVS names Professor John Innes as chair of Fellowship Board

Professor John Innes has been elected chair of the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Board, replacing Professor Nick Bacon who comes to the end of his three-year term.


Professor Innes will be responsible for making sure the Fellowship progresses towards fulfilling its strategic goals, determining its ongoing strategy and objectives, and reporting to the RCVS Advancement of the Professions Committee on developments within the Fellowship.