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CFAVS (Cambridge Farm Animal Veterinary Society)
The Cambridge branch of FAVS is the original! CFAVS was established in 2011 and aims to support and encourage students who want to go into farm practice.

Membership is free and we currently have nearly 240 members across all years of the vet school. Anyone can attend our weekly talks, which we hope cover a range of topical farming issues. We also hold regular practical events at the university farm and an annual charity barn dance, in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

You can find out more about us and our upcoming events on our website at www.camfavs.wordpress.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/CFAVS .

December 2016 Update

It has been a busy term for CFAVS, which got off to a great start with our first talk of the academic year back in October. Charlie Allso, one of the Junior Clinical Training Scolars here at Cambridge vet school, came to talk to us about ‘Life as a Farm Intern’. Her talk was very useful and she also took the time to answer lots of our questions, not only about internships but also about job applications, CVs and more. Charlie also happened to be on call that evening, but thankfully things remained quiet enough for her to give her talk without being called away!

Our second talk of term saw us welcome Niall Jackson from Elanco, who gave his talk on ‘Periparturient Immunosuppression’ in dairy cows. Niall Jackson has worked at a number of clinical vet practices throughout his career, as well as gaining commercial industry experience in a number of technical veterinary roles and also working abroad. He was a great speaker and a very interesting person to talk to. We are also very grateful to Niall and Elanco for the generous sponsorship for Domino’s pizza for the talk!

Our CFAVS practical for this term saw us team up with the Cambridge University Veterinary Zoological Society for the return of the much-loved Alpaca Handling Day! We were very lucky to welcome Pauline, David and Nicola from Woodbine Farm Alpacas in Norfolk. The day began with an interesting talk from Pauline, which covered everything from diet and management to common conditions seen in alpacas. The talk was followed by a handling session, where we were able to meet the alpacas and practice some of the skills that Pauline had discussed in her talk, such as body condition scoring and picking up feet to check the hooves. The day was a great success and was really enjoyed by everyone who attended.

We finished off the term with a final talk on ‘Caesarean Sections’. The talk was given by Sotirios Karvountzis from Shepton Vets, who very kindly travelled all the way up from Somerset to come and speak for us! Sotirios has given several talks here in Cambridge in the past, and this talk was as interesting and as entertaining as ever. He also made sure to keep everyone on their toes with his love of audience participation!

The CFAVS committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has attended our talks and events this term - we've had a great time and we hope you have too! We have plenty more exciting events planned for next term, including many more talks, a farm-suturing practical and a charity Ceilidh and formal!

You can keep up to date with all the CFAVS news and events by joining our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/CFAVS) or visiting our website (https://camfavs.wordpress.com/).

Aimee Hesketh (CFAVS Publicicty Officer)

Cambridge News

Alec Kemp (Cambridge) briefly asks if British deer have received enough attention in the TB debate.

It’s been a busy term of talks and practicals for CFAVS, as Aimee Hesketh (Cambridge) explains.

Ben Hurst (RVC Graduate and Cambridge Farm Intern) offers some advice on choosing a first job and considers that tricky question: internship vs. ‘regular job’?!

Sam Bowker (Cambridge Graduate) explains how he has continued to develop his final year project in his first job with the Willows Vet Group.

Fantastic opportunity to steward at BCVA Congress 2016

20th - 22nd October 2016
At Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire