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Training partnership with University of Adelaide
UK business training for 'Aussie' vets of tomorrow (Photo: Onswitch)
UK firm provides business acumen for Australian vets of tomorrow

Veterinary training and consultancy business, Onswitch, first established links with the University of Adelaide's School of Animal and Veterinary Science several years ago, with the launch of the company's customer experience training tool, ‘Footsteps – the board game’.

Directly inspired by the principles of ‘Footsteps’, Dr Adele Feakes, senior lecturer in veterinary practice management, altered the business curriculum for her students, to centre on the game's customer journey. Onswitch has since hosted two intakes of Adelaide students into its rolling business extra mural studies (BEMS) programme offered to UK veterinary students, with plans for a study group of 10 to 12 Australian students in 2020.

Dr Feakes explains how the VEBE-OBP programme has come about. “I’ve worked with Onswitch for several years now and have seen the enormous benefits my students have received from spending time exploring the commercial side of veterinary practice – a crucial area. Rather than two students flying to the UK each year, with this new programme we are able to offer more of our University of Adelaide veterinary science students exposure to this key aspect of practice life.”

In a novel development to the partnership, on Monday 9 September the University of Adelaide – ranked 43rd in the 2019 QS World University Rankings for veterinary science – launched a three-week Veterinary Entrepreneurship and Business elective incorporating the Onswitch Business Programme (VEBE-OBP) for the 2019 and 2020 academic years.

In 2020, the elective will be available in its Australian version as VEBE-OBP (Aus), and also in June as an overseas study tour. VEBE-OBP (UK) will incorporate the Cx Congress in Nottingham and the SCIVAC Congress in Cremona, as well as providing UK-based training content and support.

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AWF Student Grant open for submissions

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 Applications are open for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Student Grant Scheme for innovative research projects designed to impact animal welfare.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of veterinary science, veterinary nursing, agriculture studies and animal welfare are invited to submit their proposals to undertake research projects next year.

Grants are decided based on the project’s innovation, relevance to topical animal welfare issues and ability to contribute towards raising animal welfare standards. For more information visit  

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SPANA film highlights plight of working animals overseas

Animal welfare charity SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) has teamed up with Brian Blessed and other famous voices to highlight the plight of working animals overseas.

In a new animated film, the celebrities raise awareness by showing the solidarity of the UK's own working animals on strike. A sniffer dog (Brian Blessed), police horse (Peter Egan) and sheepdog (Deborah Meaden) are shown ignoring their duties and protesting in solidarity with animals in developing countries.

SPANA chef executive Geoffrey Dennis said: "We are so grateful to Deborah, Peter and Brian for lending their voices to our new film, and for speaking up for millions of working animals overseas. SPANA believes that a life of work should not mean a life of suffering, and it is only thanks to people’s generosity and support that we can continue our vital work improving the lives of these animals."