CFAVS New Committee 2017-18!

Wishing a big congratulations to our fabulous new committee!

President: Hannah Rhodes-Cheong
Vice-President: Lauren Mort
Secretary: Emma Simpson
Treasurer: Jenny Blackburn
Publicity: Tess Hopkins
BCVA Rep: Ben Haythornthwaite
Pre-clin Rep: Lottie Thompson

We’re looking forward to handing over to you next term and are sure you’ll do an amazing job!

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CFAVS Lent Term 2017 Summary

It’s been another busy and farm-related-fun-filled term for CFAVS!

We’ve been lucky to have lots of great speakers and interesting talks. The term got off to a great start with the first talk ‘Sheep are not stupid: their behaviour is subtle and they shouldn’t be left to suffer’, given by Katie Hovers from the Animal Welfare Foundation.

The theme of welfare continued with a talk from the vet school’s very own ophthalmologist and welfare advocate, David Williams: ‘Sorry sows, crippled cows and hungry hens – what can we do about animal welfare?’ This was a look at just some of the welfare problems we may be faced with when out on farm, and the best way of raising these issues with the farmer.

We also welcomed Will Garton from Minister Poultry & Gamebird Vets who came to share his experiences in ‘A day in the life of a poultry vet.’ He shed light on what work as a poultry vet is like, as well as offering some handy new-grad tips for dealing with that occasional ‘backyard poultry’ call! Many thanks to ELANCO who kindly sponsored lots of yummy pizza for the talk.

Our talk term-card was rounded off by David Stockton from Chapelfield Veterinary Partnership, who gave us an ‘Interactive tour through a breeder/finisher pig unit – from a vet’s perspective.’ This was a great case-based approach to looking at pig management, health and welfare.

In addition to the talks, we were also lucky to be able to organise a practical session on farm suturing. This was a student-led practical which aimed to teach people the common suturing patterns encountered in farm animal practice and when they should be used. We had great feedback from everyone who attended the practical and we hope to run more of these peer-assisted learning practicals in the future!

One of the highlights of our term-card was the CFAVS Charity Formal and Ceilidh. This event was held in aid of the charity RABI (Royal Agricultural Benefit Institute) which offers support to farming families in particular need. Guests enjoyed a formal three course dinner held in the great hall at Clare College followed by an energetic ceilidh courtesy of the fabulous Cambridge University Ceilidh Band. Great fun was had by all and we also managed to raise a fantastic £472.60 for RABI, so a huge thank you to everyone who came along!

We’re looking forward to holding another ever-popular Scanning Day at the university farm in association with VetSonic at the start of next term, before handing over to the new committee.

A big thank you to everyone who has come along to our talks and events this term – you’re the ones who make all the organisation worthwhile, and we hope you’ve enjoyed!


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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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