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

Somebody's got his eye on you...

Hello everyone! Whether you’re a fresh-faced Fresher or a returning student, CUVZS wishes you a very warm welcome.

Kicking off our exciting line up for this term, our first CUVZS talk will be on THIS THURSDAY, 1st October, at the slightly earlier time of 6pm (5.45pm for cake!) in Lecture Theatre 2 at the Vet School.

The talk will be given by the vet school’s very own David Williams and will cover opthalmology in exotic species. David’s talks are always good fun, so come along to learn about some exotic eyes!

CUVZS Garden Party

Come to the CUVZS annual garden party on Wednesday 17th June at Murray Edwards! Featuring exotics PETTING ZOO (with skunks, meerkats, reptiles and more), as well as loads of food, drinks, games and a raffle!

In advance: £6 (members)/ £7 (non-members)
On the door: £7 (members)/ £8 (non-members)

Tickets are on sale here: (your tickets will be confirmed once payment is received – payment info is on the form).
There will be a small number of tickets on sale on the door, so we recommend that you buy tickets in advance!

Please contact if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

The last talk of term will be given by Peter Kertesz, a human dentist who is dental consultant to London Zoo and the International Zoo Veterinary Group. For his services to veterinary science, he is the only dentist ever to have been elected an honorary member of the RCVS.

Peter will be talking about the diverse dental structures and dental needs of zoo patients; being prepared for any clinical scenario (many animals can’t be examined before being anaesthetised); custom designing his own tools to equip himself for the smallest and largest patients; and the importance of teamwork and preparation in a multidisciplinary specialty.

The talk will begin at 6:30. Come at 6:15 for Pizza.

Talks are free for members and £1 for non-members.

This is the last talk of term, and also the last talk before we hand over to the new committee!