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2016 News

News items from 2016.

VetPALS – ‘Making a Better You!’

VetPALS is a peer assisted learning scheme where later years students run sessions for younger students.

Easter Bush Campus Retains Gold Sustainability Award

The Easter Bush Campus is delighted to have received a Gold Office Award from the University’s Department of Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Pig advance could boost prized sperm stocks

Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires.

Vet student makes mark in teaching

A Dick Vet student with exceptional teaching potential has been honoured by a leading higher education body.

Professor Susan Rhind receives OBE in New Year’s honours

Deputy Head of School, Professor Susan Rhind, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list for services to veterinary education.

Vet School Donates for the Homeless

Our Students gather backpacks full of supplies for the underprivileged and their animals

Next generation of the Equine Hospital takes shape

During 2016 building work got underway on the innovative new Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit at Easter Bush. The state of the art facility will further improve clinical care of our equine patients, while also enhancing student education and facilitating our world leading research.

Red squirrels stricken by medieval leprosy strain

Leprosy in Britain’s red squirrels is being caused by the same species of bacteria responsible for human infections, a DNA study has found.

Dr Jessie Paterson Wins Chancellor's Award

Dr Jessie Paterson was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Teaching at the recent Chancellor's Awards Ceremony.

Langhill Farm Reaches AgriScot Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year Final Four

Langhill Farm has reached the final four in the Agriscot Dairy Farm of the Year Award.

Staff Elected Fellows of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Five members of staff have been elected as Fellows of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS).

Dick Vet Rabbit and Exotics Practice receives award

The Dick Vet Rabbit and Exotics Practice have been received a gold award for Rabbit Veterinary Care.

Heather Bacon receives the Trevor Blackburn Award

Heather Bacon has received the Trevor Blackburn Award for raising standards of animal health and welfare in developing countries.

Dog study sheds light on tail condition

A painful condition that affects dogs’ tails may be more common than previously thought, a study suggests.

20 years of Dolly the Sheep

People are being invited to share their memories of Dolly the Sheep as part of celebrations to mark the twentieth anniversary of her birth.

EU Referendum

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the EU.

Food security focus for new Global Academy

Global agriculture and the future of the world’s food supplies are to be the focus of a new research and teaching initiative.

Red squirrel study launched to assess scale of disease

Wildlife experts from the School have launched a project to better understand how British red squirrels are affected by a form of leprosy. The study will investigate how the disease is passed between squirrels and how conservationists can help control its spread.

Study seeks to explore health benefits of vitamin D in dogs

Research is taking place to investigate the effects of vitamin D on the health of pet dogs.

Athena SWAN Silver accreditation awarded to Dick Vet

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has been awarded the Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to women's career development.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies receives international reaccreditation

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has achieved full accreditation for the next seven years from major international councils on education.

Staff honoured at EUSA awards

Teaching excellence across the University has been recognised in the annual EUSA Teaching Awards.

£11m Energy Centre for Easter Bush Campus

An £11 million pound scheme is to enable the Easter Bush campus to produce its own low-carbon energy.

Staff Win Prestigious Awards

Congratulations to two members of staff, Heather Bacon and Richard Mellanby, who have won prestigious awards. 

Head of School made Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

Head of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Professor David Argyle, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

New 'Teaching Matters' website launched

The University has launched a new website, Teaching Matters, to showcase successes in learning and teaching and share ideas and approaches to teaching.

Easter Bush Campus Community Engagement Award

The Easter Bush Campus was a proud winner of the Community Engagement Award at the prestigious Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards held in Edinburgh.

Dog study shapes plan to wipe out rabies

Rabies could be eradicated from street dogs in India with the help of a new smartphone app, a study has shown.

New Postgraduate Clinical Animal Behaviour Course

The School is excited to announce a new on-line distance learning postgraduate course in Clinical Animal Behaviour. The course will be running in the next academic year, 2016/17 and the closing date for application is the 22nd August 2016.

Vitamin D linked to sheep fertility

High levels of vitamin D are linked to improved fertility and reproductive success, a study of wild sheep has found.

Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP visits Easter Bush

On Wednesday 25th November, the MSP for Moray and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment in the Scottish Government visited the Easter Bush Campus.

£10m award boosts bid to aid plight of tropical farmers

Efforts to tackle challenges faced by livestock farmers in developing countries have been boosted by a £10 million research award.