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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!

The talk this week will be given by Natasha Ennew and will be on the topic of hedgehog rehabilitation.

Natasha Ennew is the manager of the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital (about 100 hedgehogs) and will be talking about her work in hedgehog rehabilitation. This will be useful for anyone interested in wildlife medicine or going into small animal practice (lots of hedgehogs get brought in by members of the public to general practices). She will also be bringing along her own African pygmy hedgehog!

Come at 6:15 for Cake and Drinks

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

This week’s talk will be given by Martyn Edelsten. Martyn has spent a lot of his life working in Africa with exotic and farm animals. He will be specifically talking about: Animal health problems in the tropics. How veterinary services are delivered. Who else is involved in animal health and husbandry (aid, developments projects etc)? How can a UK graduate contribute/work in this field? The focus will be on Livestock in Africa, but there will be some reference to wildlife. He has also worked in S America and the far east too, if anyone has any questions about this.

The talk will be given at 6:30. Arrive at 6:15 for PIZZA.

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

Today the new CUVZS committee was elected. We are happy to announce that the committee for 2015-2016 will be as follows:

President: Carys Redman-White
Vice President: Eddie Romano
Secretary: Rosie Hancock
Treasurer: Becki Coverdale
Webmaster: Lizzy Hunt
Publicity: Bethan Ellwood

They will take over their roles after the last talk of term on the 5th March.

Next CUVZS committee…

The time has come to elect a new committee for next year! 4th years: sign up for committee positions on the sheet on the CUVZS notice board in the SRC. Hustings will take place on the Friday 13th Feb.

Forensics practical

Unfortunately due to lack of interest the forensics practical tomorrow has been cancelled. Anyone who did sign up should have received an email.

The rabbit surgery day is going ahead, and there are still a few spaces.

Fish Medicine

The next talk will be on Thursday 5th Feb and will be given by William Wildgoose on the subject of fish medicine.

The talk will be a basic approach to ornamental fish medicine. Ornamental fish covers both pet fish and aquarium specimens. William is a big name in the fish vet world – he’s a contributor to the BSAVA manual on ornamental fish and is a fish medicine specialist. Most people would have no idea what to do when a fish is brought to your practice, so this will be a great opportunity to learn some of the basic conditions you can expect to see, and how to treat them! Something you wont be taught in the veterinary course.

As per usual the talk will begin at 6:30. Come to LT2 for cake and drinks at 6:15.

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


Coming up in the next couple of weeks are two exciting events:


The exotic forensics practical will take place on Saturday 31st January from 10am-1pm. The session will be run by the John and Margaret Cooper, patrons of CUVZS. The day will consist of an initial powerpoint presentation, a break for coffee and CAKE and then a session in the teaching lab to look at specimens. The limit on numbers is 25 people, so sure you sign up quickly! The day will be free for members and £3 for non-members.



The rabbit surgery day will take place on Saturday 7th February from 10am-1pm. The session will be run by Jilly Pearson, well known exotics vet and lecturer in all things exotic at the vet school! The day will include practice of some basic rabbit surgeries on dead specimens, and is sure to be an invaluable experience for anyone with an interest in exotics practice, or even those planning on going in to small animal practice. Experience of rabbit surgery is hard to come by, so make the most of this great opportunity! There will be 24 places available on this practical and again it will be first come first served. The day will be free for CUVZS members and £5 for non-members.



For those wondering how to become members and get all this for free, look HERE.

This weeks talk will be on MONDAY (26th) instead of Thursday and will be given by our very own Nicky Holdstock. The talk will be entitled “From Racehorses to Rhinos“. It’s about how she got into doing vet work with rhinos in South Africa, and it should be interesting for anyone wanting to work with large exotic species.

The talk starts at 6:30 with cake and drinks at 6:15.

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

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