Alec Kemp (Cambridge) briefly asks if British deer have received enough attention in the TB debate.
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.
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!
Aimee Hesketh (CFAVS Publicicty Officer)