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Applications open for RCVS 'Fellows of the Future' competition
The successful applicants will give five minute presentations on their research at the RCVS Fellowship Day.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 29 July. 

The RCVS 'Fellows of the Future' competition has opened for applications from undergraduate veterinary students.

Students are invited to submit an original piece of research for consideration, and those who are successful will be invited to present their research to a panel at the RCVS Fellowship Day.

The audience at the Fellowship Day will then vote for their favourite, and the judging panel will make the final decision on the winner of the competition. The winning presentation will be awarded £200 in National Book Tokens, whilst the highly commended presentation will be awarded £100 in the tokens. 

Potential Applicants will need to complete a form, and provide a title and summary of their research, totalling 500 words maximum. The application can also include up to two illustrations or diagrams.

RCVS director for advancement of the professions, Angharad Belcher, said: "There’s a wealth of incredible research projects being carried out in veterinary schools across the UK and the Fellows of the Future competition is one of the ways that the RCVS gives veterinary students the opportunity to have their work recognised and celebrated. 

“The RCVS Fellowship is about encouraging and nurturing the talent of all veterinary surgeons, regardless of what stage of their career they are in. I would like to encourage all veterinary students who have a piece of research that they are proud of, to submit it for the RCVS Fellows of the Futures competition.”

Previous successful applicants have presented on how vets could advise owners on what type of morbidity to be aware of in a foals early life, and feline gait and supporting the early detection of orthopaedic or musculoskeletal diseases in cats.

The submission deadline is Thursday 29 July 2021, and successful applicants will hear the decision on Monday 10 August 2021. 

To find out more about the competition, and to apply, visit

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.