CFAVS/CUVZS Alpaca Practical Day!

Earlier this term we were very lucky to welcome Pauline and David from Woodbine Farm Alpacas, for a joint CFAVS/CUVZS Practical Day!

The day began with a 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. Many thanks again to Pauline and David for a fantastic day, and we look forward to welcoming them again in the future!

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CFAVS Michaelmas 2016 Termcard!

We’re very pleased to share our exciting Michaelmas termcard with you all! We have four excellent speakers lined up for talks, as well as some fun practical days in the pipeline, so keep a look out for further updates. You can join our Facebook group or just keep an eye on this website to stay in the loop!


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New FAVS Newsletter!

We have some very exciting news for you  – FAVS now has its very own newsletter! FAVS is the national farm animal veterinary society, with a committee made up of students from each of the UK vet schools. The current FAVS president is Cambridge vet school’s own Alec Kemp, who has put in a lot of hard work to collate all the articles and create this excellent first edition of the newsletter. The finished result is 18 pages full of interesting, useful and entertaining articles, written by students as well as qualified vets. The articles cover a whole host of farm-related topics so there should be something for everyone – it’s definitely worth a read if you get a chance!

If anyone is interested in contributing to future editions of the newsletter, then email any ideas to Alec ( It could be an article on anything from thoughts on current farming issues, to sharing something exciting that you’ve been up to on EMS this summer – whatever it is, FAVS would love to hear from you!



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New Committee 2016-17!

President: Ed Pilkington
Vice President: Ellie Drabble
Secretary: Katie Knowles
Treasurer: Isobelle Bolton
Publicity and Webmaster: Aimee Hesketh
Pre-Clinical Rep.: Emily Hopgood
BCVA Rep.: Hannah Rhodes-Cheong

Our committee is very excited about organising lots of exciting farm-related talks, practicals and events for you this year! Follow us on Facebook to keep updated:

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Lent Termcard 2016

Our Lent Termcard is now available! We’ve got lots of exciting talks and events planned for you this term. You can also keep up to date with all CFAVS news via our Facebook page:

CFAVS Lent Termcard

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CFAVS Scanning Day 2015 Report

This year the CFAVS Scanning day took place on the 25thof April at the University Farm. It was held in association with Vetsonic and Holstein UK and the 24 students attending were able to take part in 3 different activities running throughout the day.  The students were divided into 3 groups and were rotated between the activities which consisted of: PD Scanning with Clare Walsh and Ray Rochester from Vetsonic, demonstrations of linear assessment in a dairy herd with Philip Oliver from Holstein UK, and farm walks discussing the general veterinary management of dairy herds with Maedee Burge Rogers who is a Farm Animal Junior Clinical Training Scholar at the vet school.10389689_1584075478543791_3612720260426951396_n

The day was a huge success with the students getting one to one guidance by the Vetsonic team catered to their level of experience and having the opportunity to try using different types of scanners. The talks by both Philip Oliver and Maedee Burge Rogers highlighted different aspects of dairy farm management which can lead to reduced herd productivity and increased disease incidence, focusing mainly on housing and dietary management and selecting for improved cow conformation.

Due to the fierce demand for the limited number of spaces we were able to offer for this event and how helpful the experience gained was, we are hoping to run similar events in the near future.11012997_1584075521877120_2204775352599200113_n

To view all the pictures from the event click the following link to our album on facebook:

As always, you can keep up to date with CFAVS events and interesting farm animal news via our facebook page:


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New CFAVS Committee for 2015/16!

The CFAVS have appointed a new committee for 2015/16:

President – Alec Kemp

Vice-President – Oli Franks

Secretary – Rob Hall

Treasurer – Hannah Cairns

Publicity – Rhonda Shiels

Pre-clin Rep – Jade Harding

BCVA Rep – Harry Williams

We are beavering away planning exciting talks and events for the next year, including the always fabulous Barn Dance next Lent Term. Follow us on facebook for news and updates:

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