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Gene editing pioneer named director of the Roslin Institute
Professor Bruce Whitelaw has been named director of the Roslin Institute.
Professor Bruce Whitelaw will lead research into animal bioscience. 

Gene-editing expert Professor Bruce Whitelaw has been named as Director of the Roslin Institute.

Professor Whitelaw, who is also chair of animal biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh, takes up the role after serving as interim director of the Roslin Institute since 2020.

Considered a pioneer in gene editing, he will head up a 500-strong team of scientists and professional support staff in world-leading research into animal bioscience.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Whitelaw said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to lead Roslin in its next chapter of pioneering animal bioscience. I look forward to working with our world-class team, collaborators and supporters in making discoveries to understand and improve animal health, welfare and productivity – and by doing so, impactfully contribute to a sustainable animal agriculture future.”

Professor Whitelaw's career has centred on the development and application of gene activity in genetically-engineered livestock. His research aims to develop novel ways to tackle infectious diseases in animals, evaluate new ways to study potential treatments of human disease and enhance protein production in animals.

Professor David Argyle, head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Acting Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, said: “We congratulate Professor Whitelaw on his appointment as Director of the Roslin Institute, and look forward to working with him in his new role. His leadership and expertise will be of great benefit to the Roslin Institute and to the wider University.”

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.