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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