FSA announces contract review following merger deal

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced plans for a contract review following the merger of Eville and Jones (E&J) and the Vorenta Group. But officials have stressed they will not have concerns about the deal itself and say the assessment will also consider the FSA’s own plans to employ OVs itself. The companies announced … Read more

Former charity vet given honorary degree for decades of ‘inspiration’

A senior vet who spent nearly four decades working with a leading UK sector charity has been awarded an honorary degree in recognition of her work in animal welfare. Officials at the Writtle University College in Essex described Elaine Pendlebury as “an inspiration” as she received the award in a graduation ceremony at its campus. … Read more

Calls for own schools to teach more behavioral psychology

Incoming BVA president Malcolm Morley believes veterinary students should be given more training on how to guide human behavior during consultations. The Hampshire-based equine practitioner, who will be made head of the association’s officer team at its annual meeting in Cambridge on September 29, believes early training in human behavioral psychology will help produce better … Read more

Welsh vets deliver vital rabies protection to the Malawi community

A Welsh practice team has taken its skills to one of the world’s poorest countries to help reduce the spread of rabies there. Staff from the Mochdre Veterinary Practice in Conwy vaccinated hundreds of animals against the disease in just three days at the Illovo Sugar estate in Malawi. The work was carried out in … Read more

The sector must listen to new recruits to help the retention crisis

The outgoing BEVA president has urged the veterinary industry to listen to its newest recruits to tackle the current staff retention crisis. Huw Griffiths’ plea came as the association’s annual congress was told the work-life balance is “here to stay” and a senior academic insisted universities were not to blame for the problem. After a … Read more

VetPartners unveils five-year plan to support lower income students

VetPartners has announced plans for a new bursary program, worth more than £500,000, which it hopes will help students from poorer backgrounds to enter the profession. Applications are now open for the scheme, which the company said will support dozens of students through their degrees and see graduates offered jobs in its practices. The plan, … Read more

VN degree ‘best move I ever made,’ says graduate Sian

A dream job at an animal hospital now awaits one of the first Veterinary Nursing degree graduates from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Sian Whitton, from Clackmannanshire, was among nearly 300 students who celebrated their success at the college’s first in-person graduation celebration for three years in Glasgow on 28 August. The 27-year-old, who graduated with … Read more

Even students flock to hen rehoming charity

University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science students have pitched in to help rehome almost 400 hens at the British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) rehoming days in Ashbourne, Derbyshire and Newark, Nottinghamshire – and now plan to take on more projects in the future . In a separate move, the vet school and … Read more

Sector warning as figures show early fall in university place take-up

The number of students being accepted on to veterinary science degree courses in the UK has fallen following the release of this year’s A-level and Higher exam results. Early UCAS data suggests at least 10% fewer places have been taken up so far than last year and the 2022 figures are closer, although slightly above, … Read more