This week’s CUVZS talk will be given by Dr David Chivers! Dr Chivers is a retired anatomy lecturer and vet school legend, best known for his gibbon callsEven if conservation isn’t your thing, it should be a really interesting and entertaining talk, so come along!

Talk starts at 6:30 in LT2 (6:15 for cake), free for members and £1 for non-members.

We hope you’ve had a restful Christmas vacation and are returning to Cambridge bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This year is going to full of exciting exotic events!

Firstly is the CUVZS Southern Veterinary Zoological Society Symposium. This will take place from 27th-28th February, with an exciting range of talks and practicals from speakers at the forefront of their field.

Tickets are on sale to Cambridge students from 6th January and to students from other universities from 8th January. There are only 80 tickets, so email CUVZSoc@gmail.com to book your place!

In other news, we our pleased to announce our proposal for an exotics elective grant to encourage Cambridge vet students to undertake an exotics elective project in their final clinical year. The deadline is 1st February 2016, so download the form (Exotics Elective Grant January 2016), and check out the page for more information.

There won’t be a talk on Thurday this week; talks will start again on 14th January. A new termcard will be out as soon as possible!

This week CFAVS and CUVZS have teamed up to bring you DEER WEEK! Our talk tommorow (27th November) will given by Dr John Fletcher – a vet with a huge amount of experience working with deer. You can find out more about him here.

As usual, the talk starts at 6:30 in LT2 at the vet school(6:15 for cake!).

 

This week’s talk will be given by John Chitty will be talking to us about the three A’s of avian medicine.

John qualified from the RVC in 1990 and now works for Anton Vets. He has gained a RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine and has a huge amount of experience in exotics practice (read more here). He’ll be talking to us about avain anaesthesia and raptor aspergillosis. This looks like a really great talk, especially if you’re interested in going into exotics practice.

6:30 in LT2 (6:15 for cake), free for members and £1 for non-members.

Next Saturday (21st) we will be running a rabbit surgery practical. This will be a great chance to practice basic surgeries like spaying and castration on some dead specimens. So if you’re interested in exotics, or just want to go into small animal practice, this will be a great opportunity to improve your surgical skills!

The practical will be run by Iain Cope from Cambridge Veterinary Group. There are 24 places available – booking will open on Saturday 14th from 4pm for members, and for non-members from 6pm. The practical will be held on Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4pm and will be FREE for members/£4 for non-members.

Booking form

Once you’ve booked click “attending” on the Facebook event

We’ve had a slight change to the advertised talk schedule this week! Final year Sue White will be talking to us about ferrets – she’s even bringing in her ferrets so we can practise handling! This should be a great talk – including housing, feeding and behaviour, as well as some of the more common reasons why you might be presented with a ferret in practice. And there will be real live animals!

Talk starts at 6.30pm in Lecture Theatre 2 the vet school (come at 6:15 for cake!). Entry is free for members and £1 for non-members.

If your card won’t give you access to the vet school or if you get lost, ring 07796280776 and we can come and rescue you!

Witness to Extinction

This week’s CUVZS talk will be given by Dr Sam Turvey, who will be talking about his work looking at past extinction events and the conservation of critically endangered species.

Dr Turvey completed his Phd with Oxford University Earth Sciences Department and currently works at the Institure of Zoology. His extensive research looks at causes of past extinction events, as well as the use of novel data sources to inform conservation action. He was one of the founders of ZSL’s EDGE of Existence Programme, which supports evolutionary distinct and globally endangered species. (Read more about his work here).

As part of the team of scientists on the last mission to survey river dolphin numbers on the Yangtze (which ended up declaring the species extinct), he authored the book “Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin”. Dr Turvey has first hand experience of the tragedy of the most recent large mammal extinction; come along to hear about his research into using all available evidence to avoid this happening in the future.

Talk starts at 6.30pm in the vet school (come at 6:15 for cake). Free for members and £1 for non-members. If your card won’t give you access to the vet school or if you get lost, ring 07796280776 and we can come and rescue you!




This week’s talk will be with Vets and Wildlife, who’ll be telling you about all the exciting opportunities they offer to vet students to do EMS abroad. They have a number of exciting projects in Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Egypt, which would be suitable for both pre-clins and clinical years – so there’s something for everyone! I’ve attached a list of their current projects if you’re interested – and come along to the talk to find out more!

As usual, talk starts at 6:30 (6:15 for cake), in LT2 at the vet school. Free for members, £1 for non-members.

This week’s talk will be given by Dr Peter Walsh, hailing from the Bio Anth Department here in Cambridge. His research looks at conservation of great apes and the dynamics of emerging diseases, such as Ebola, SIV and Malaria. This will be a fantastic talk, from a veterinary perspective as well as one of conservation and One Health.

We’re back to our usual routine, with the talk starting at 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre 2 at the vet school (come at 6:15 for cake!).

Michaelmas Termcard 2015