RVC research reveals owners’ awareness of pet ferret boredom

Most owners believe ferrets experience boredom – but those doubting the animals’ ability to be bored were less likely to provide the right environmental stimulation, RVC researchers have found. Research by the college has revealed the extent pet ferret owners are aware of, and understand, ferret boredom. While 93% believe the species can experience boredom … Read more

RVC student stars in campaign to inspire young people

A veterinary nurse and fourth-year vet student is leading a new campaign that it is hoped will inspire young people from all backgrounds to consider a career in the veterinary professions. Remi Onabolu – an RVC student who works as both a locum VN and for the careers group Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify – features … Read more

RVC launches primary care and shelter medicine internships

The RVC is offering a new postgraduate program for practicing vets with a particular interest in primary care and shelter medicine. Believed to be the first program of its kind in the UK, the Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Primary and Accessible Care and Education internship (PGDipV-PACE) is designed to develop clinicians’ skills in teaching and … Read more

RVC receives accreditation for advanced VN certificate course

The RVC has received accreditation for its new postgraduate and graduate certificates in advanced veterinary medical nursing from the RCVS. The certificates complement the RVC’s existing post-regulation qualifications in emergency and critical care (ECC) and anesthesia and analgesia, and allow for further professional progress for registered VNs at all stages of their education and career. … Read more

New RVC study highlights risks of canine hypothyroidism

A new study of risk factors associated with canine hypothyroidism can help pets and owners deal with the condition, as well as improving future health, RVC researchers say. The new VetCompass analysis, published in the journal Canine Medicine and Geneticsfound one breed is up to 17 times more likely to develop the condition than its … Read more

RVC lecturer scoops international award for feline kidney research

An RVC lecturer has received a prestigious international award for her research into the effects of kidney disease in cats. Rebecca Geddes received the International Renal Interest Society’s (IRIS) Early Career Award at a ceremony in Stockholm on September 2. Future work The prize, which is sponsored by Zoetis, also includes a €10,000 (£8,660) fund … Read more

RVC to lead new study of common equine hormone disorder

The RVC has teamed up with one of the UK’s biggest veterinary care providers for a new three-year study examining a common hormone disorder in horses and ponies. CVS is funding the program, which aims to develop a new means of assessing the quality of life of animals with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). Researchers … Read more

RVC to study the impact of early-life decisions on Thoroughbred horses’ racing progress

RVC researchers will lead a new study of how Thoroughbred horses’ performance, on and off the racecourse, could be affected by decisions taken in their early lives. The analysis, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, aims to find ways of improving both athletic performance and the breeding industry’s … Read more

RVC research urges new campaign to promote sheep vaccination training

A new campaign is needed to improve vaccination administration and training in the UK sheep farming industry, RVC researchers have said. The call follows a survey of hundreds of farmers that found most could not identify the correct position for three types of jabs to be delivered. But while nearly 84% of respondents said they … Read more

RVC to support Ukrainian university throughout war with Russia

The RVC has announced a new partnership to support education and research at a university in Ukraine. The college has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Stepan Gzhytskyi National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies (SGU) in Lviv, which will initially develop a framework to support SGU’s work during the ongoing war with Russia. … Read more