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You can now buy advance tickets for the 2016 CUVZS Garden Party! 


Advance Tickets: £5 Member/£7 Non-member

Limited tickets will be available on the door at £6 Member/£8 Non-member

Tickets can be purchased via the link below:


This event is kindly sponsored by Provet Cloud.

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This year’s garden party will take place on Monday 13th of June at Murray Edwards College!

We hope you will be able to join us.

Ticketing information will follow shortly.

Save The Date!

-CUVZS Committee 2016

Take a break and join CUVZS for our FREE exam de-stress session!

Sue White (One of our lovely 6th Year students) will be bringing in her ferrets and rats!

There will also be tea, cake and other refreshments.

Time: 5-6pm

Venue: SCR, Cambridge Vet School.


This week’s CUVZS talk will be “How can we stem the tide of unsuitable pets?”, by Alan Hewitt from Morley Exotic Animal Rescue.

“I will be basing the talk around the governments review into pet ownership where the emphasis was on exotic pets, and the potential proposals discussed to limit or license ownership. Some incredible facts were revealed and a huge array of arguments at the recent All Party Parliamentary Group on Animal Welfare meeting at the House of Commons. I was present as a member of the group and took part and this is the first step towards future legislation. In essence then I will discuss the moral and ethical debate and the probable proposed legislation, and its impact on the animal and pet industries. I am looking forward to it and I expect lively disagreement among those attending, just as there was in parliament!”.

Alan will also be bringing along a skunk and a giant python from the centre, so there will be LIVE ANIMALS (just in case you needed any more convincing!)

As always, the talk starts at 6:30pm (6:15 for cake), free for members/£1 for non-members.


This week’s talk is being given by Livia Benato, who is coming to talk to us about some interesting small mammal case studies, hopefully looking at a range of small furry species.

Livia is a European Recognised Specialist in Small Mammal Medicine. She completed a residency at Edinburgh Vet School in rabbit and exotic animal medicine, worked for a year as Veterinary Officer for Chester Zoo and as a Univeristy Clinician at Glasgow Vet School. She now works as a small mammal and exotics Veterinary Associate at CityVets in Exeter.
This should be a really interesting, clinically relevant talk, so come along to LT2 at 6:30pm (6:15 for cake!). It’s free for members/£1 for non-members.
Click attending on the fb event here, so we know how much cake to bring!


In this week’s talk Sergio Silvetti will be coming to talk to us about avian cases that you might see in practice. Sergio is a first opinion exotics vet from Manor Vets, and is currently working towards his CertAVP in Zoological Medicine. He’s going to go though a range of intercative cases, from avian orthopaedic conditions to a case of tracheal resection and anastamosis in an Amazon parrot.

This should be a great chance to work through some clinical cases, and get a feel for what exotics practice can be like.

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

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 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.