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Endangered turtle receives lifesaving operation
Pictured: Valentine under anaesthetic.
WVI helped Valentine by removing a hook from her oesophagus. 

Veterinary professionals from Wildlife Vets International (WVI) performed a lifesaving operation on an endangered turtle at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Greece.

Valentine, the endangered loggerhead, had arrived at the Archelon rescue centre weak and in poor condition. She has a thick fishing line hanging out of her cloaca, and an X-ray revealed that she had a large fishing hook embedded in her oesophagus.

Matthew Rendle RVN, veterinary surgeon Tania Monreal, and Archelon's lead biologist and rehab coordinator Eirini Kasimati, decided that anaesthetising Valentine to remove the hook was her only option.

After Valentine was given strong painkillers, along with a combination of anaesthetic drugs, Tania made an incision at the top of Valentine's thorax, and after locating the hook, was able to gently remove it with artery forceps.

The team were unable to remove the fishing line, however, since it had been cut from the hook, Valentine was able to pass it three days later.

Following her recovery, Valentine was released back into the sea, and now has the chance to breed successfully.

Executive director of WVI, Olivia Walter, commented: "We are delighted that Animal Friends was able to support the work of our Turtle Team and  are so happy that Valentine was able to be released back into the sea so soon, where, as a breeding female, she should be able to do her bit to ensure the future of her amazing species.”

Westley Pearson chief executive officer at Animal Friends Insurance, which supports the Turtle Programme, added: “Wildlife Vets International is playing such an important role in successfully rehabilitating endangered turtles threatened by record levels of plastic pollution in the sea.

“The critical veterinary support, sharing of knowledge and the training they provide to endangered turtle rehabilitation centres, is ensuring more people on the conservation frontline are able to use veterinary science so that majestic turtles like Valentine can survive and thrive.”

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RCVS Fellowship applications open

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 Applications have now opened for RCVS Fellowship 2022. The RCVS is encouraging anyone who would like to be considered for Fellowship to apply, and if successful, they will be welcomed into the Fellowship next year.

The process for joining the fellowship has changed slightly for this year, as applicants will now need two signed referee forms instead of three professional references, and five assessors will review each application instead of three.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2022, and more information on how to apply can be found here. If applicants have any questions, or would like informal advice from previous successful applicants, they are encouraged to contact Ceri Via Email 

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Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.