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Rescued iguana finds forever home
Eddie Lizard was rescued by the RSPCA in January.

Eddie Lizard is now being cared for at an aquarium.

A rescued iguana named Eddie Lizard has been rehomed thanks to a Bournemouth aquarium.

The green iguana had been abandoned in a stranger’s doorway in Chiswick, London, in January of this year.

Although it was a cold day when the average local temperature was just 3°C, the 4ft-long iguana had been placed inside a clear plastic box with just a blanket and a towel to keep him warm.

Deprived of the warmth from a heat lamp, he was lucky to survive before he was rescued by the RSPCA.

After a stay at the charity’s reptile rescue centre in Brighton, Eddie has now been rehomed at the Oceanarium aquarium in Bournemouth. He is living in a purpose-built iguana enclosure that includes tree trunks, basking spots, and a pool.

The aquarium has worked with the RSPCA over the last 25 years to rehome various animals, some of which have been linked to the illegal pet trade.

Oliver Buttling, a curator at the Oceanarium, said: “We are very pleased to be able to give Eddie a forever home following the suffering he endured. It is very sad to think there are people out there who think it’s okay to treat animals in that way.

“I want to stress that pet owners need to be aware of the full requirements prior to taking on any animal.

“We are very excited to see how Eddie gets on at the Oceanarium. Already he has settled in well and is very active. He enjoys climbing and sitting in his pool.”


Image (C) Oceanarium

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.