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Peer-Review Mentorship Program launched
If a mentee submits several successful reviews, they may be invited to become an independent reviewer.
The scheme links new peer-reviewers with mentors to build their skills.

A peer-review mentorship program has been launched to support potential peer-reviewers with building their skills.

The program will connect those wishing to become peer-reviewers with an experienced mentor to guide them with improving their skills and progressing their personal development.

The initiative is being led by Veterinary Evidence, an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal published by RCVS Knowledge. The journal aims to improve quality of care by publishing content on evidence-based veterinary medicine and its application in veterinary practice.

Mentors and mentees can register to join the peer-review program, after which they will be partnered up based on their reviewing interests. They will then be assigned a relevant paper by Veterinary Evidence to work through together across three weeks.

The mentee will be guided through the peer-reviewing process, with the mentor providing them with feedback. The combined review can then be submitted.

If the mentee submits several successful reviews, the editor-in-chief may invite them to become an independent reviewer for Veterinary Evidence.

The initiative aims to improve diversity and inclusivity, and encourages reviewers of differing disciplines and backgrounds to apply.

Veterinary Evidence hopes that this will build a broader range of perspectives and expertise in the process, and improve the quality of evidence-based content.

Kit Sturgess, editor-in-chief of Veterinary Evidence, said: “Becoming a mentee is a great way to continue your professional development as it allows you to contribute to the advancement of your field, hone your critical evaluation skills, and boost your own professional reputation.

“Signing up to become a mentor gives you an invaluable chance to enhance your own skills, knowledge and professional development, build meaningful relationships within your area of expertise, and help shape the next generation of veterinary peer reviewers.”

To register, sign-up to RCVS Knowledge’s peer-review scheme and send them an email at saying whether you’d like to be a mentor or mentee.

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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.