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Police horses attend Liverpool graduation
“Staff at from our Equine Practice and their final year student groups at Leahurst have been working with these beautiful horses every week for the past year."
Merseyside Mounted Police stand guard at celebrations 

Veterinary students, parents and staff at the University of Liverpool say they were delighted to welcome two police horses to their graduation celebrations last week.

Horses Major and Silver from the Merseyside Mounted Police section stood guard at the graduation in Leahurst on 16 July.

Professor Cathy McGowan, head of the department of equine clinical science, said: “Staff at from our Equine Practice and their final year student groups at Leahurst have been working with these beautiful horses every week for the past year and were delighted that the horses could come to their special day.”

The university provides in-kind veterinary care and support to the Merseyside Mounted Police, as part of its ‘Stand Tall’ campaign.

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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.