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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!).


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.

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