Archive for January, 2015

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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This week’s talk will be given by Daniel Calvo Carrasco of Great Western Exotics, and will be entitled ‘Common Diseases of Budgies and Cockatiels‘. Budgies and cockatiels are the two most common avian species brought into practice, and financial limitations often prevent referral, so this should be a useful talk for everyone, not just those with a particular interest in exotics.

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

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

The first cuvzs talk of term will be on thursday.

The talk will be given by Joanna Hedley and will be entitled “First Aid for the Wildlife Casualty”

Here is a brief overview of what the talk will be about, from Joanna – Wildlife casualties can be presented to any vet at any time, varying from the smallest baby bird to a stranded whale. Patients are often critical and vets may need to make decisions and be prepared to act quickly in an emergency situation. This presentation will cover initial triage and stabilization of the wildlife casualty. This will include fluid therapy, nutritional support and provision of analgesia. Common emergency conditions will be discussed.

Sounds like it should be a good one, hope to see lots of you there!

As per usual the talk starts at 6:30, with cake and Drinks at 6:15

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



On Saturday from 10am-1pm there will be a practical in the PM room on Exotics post mortems.

The practical will be run by Becky Lawson and Fernando and will include a ferret, hedgehogs, a lizard, a fawn, chinchillas, rats, domestic rabbits, raptors, songbirds, waterfowl and chickens. So basically, all you could ever hope for, and more.

The practical will be free for CUVZS members and £3 for non-members.

There will be 24 spaces available in total. Book Here