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2017 news

News items from 2017

From cells to Clydesdales, Microbes in food and vitamin D

Videos of the inaugural lectures of Elspeth Milne and Mark Stevens as well as Richard Mellanby’s lecture on Vitamin D are now online.

Hokkaido University student exchange

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies recently hosted a visit by ten undergraduate students from Hokkaido University in northern Japan.

Easter Bush Campus Donates for the Homeless

Staff and students from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute, have come together during the festive season to give back to the local community and support the homeless population of Edinburgh, through a donation-based bag appeal.

Poultry Award for welfare expert

Welfare expert Jessica Martin has been named Young Poultry Person of the Year at the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference.

Fostering Compassion at the Dick Vet

Students from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies hosted Fostering Compassion, a unique education initiative that focusses on working with children in foster care and kinship care.

Veterinary Student Awarded Sir William Darling Memorial Prize 2017

Fourth Year Vet Student, Rosie Herrington has been awarded the prestigious Sir William Darling Memorial Prize 2017 by the University of Edinburgh.

Disfigured bear saved after mystery illness

A bear has been given a new lease of life after vets operated to remove its tongue, which was so swollen it had been dragging along the floor.

US Charter Award for Dick Vet Students

Students at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have been awarded official Charter status by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA).

Award winning Scottish research could pave the way for ‘low-emission cattle’

A Scottish study that potentially paves the way for the breeding of low-emission livestock has won an internationally respected research prize.

Vet students host landmark ethics event

Students and leading ethics experts are to co-host an event highlighting difficult moral challenges facing vets.

Sheep gene study may help breed healthier animals

Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity.

Celebrating Staff Success!

The School has held its Staff Awards to recognise excellence and celebrate the huge commitment shown by staff and residents across all areas of the Vet School.

New Director starts at The Roslin Institute

Professor Eleanor Riley takes up the role of Institute Director on 1st September 2017.

Edinburgh vet student wins Farm Health Management Award

Ellen Smith, studying at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was crowned winner of the RABDF Farm Health Management Award.

New partnership to use forensic science to tackle wildlife crime

White-tailed bald eagle in flight
A new partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Government will use forensic science to tackle wildlife crime.

Major donation marks a lifetime of loyalty

Research at the University has received almost £1.2 million from the estate of a former staff member on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Scientists step up wildlife crime fight

Wildlife crime is the focus of a new partnership between the University and the Scottish Government. It aims to boost the use of forensic science in tackling the problem.

Dog DNA influences face shape

A study of dog DNA has revealed a genetic mutation linked to flat face shapes such as those seen in pugs and bulldogs.

Oyster gene tool set to boost yields

Oyster farmers are set to benefit from a new genetic tool that will help to prevent disease outbreaks and improve yields.

Easter Bush Campus runs first Business Insights course

The Easter Bush Campus welcomed eleven school pupils from Midlothian secondary schools for a week long work experience programme, focusing on the business side of the Campus.

Researchers identify childhood blindness gene

A genetic mutation that contributes to sight loss in children has been identified by scientists.

Animal Welfare Masters programmes wins innovation accolade

Two leading courses in animal welfare education have been commended for their innovative approach.

Web course takes care of online identity

Internet users can develop the skills to better manage their online identity in a course devised by experts at Edinburgh.

Attitudes to learning may influence mental health

Students’ mental health may be tied to their approach to learning, research suggests.

Immune discovery points to stroke therapy

A study led by Barry McColl at The Roslin Institute, shows that having a stroke damages immune cells as well as affecting the brain.

Funding backs next phase of Roslin research

Research to improve the health, welfare and sustainability of livestock farming has received a multi-million funding award from the UK Government.

£10m deal to boost impact of animal science innovations

Innovations that improve the health of farmed animals and raise agricultural productivity will be brought to market with the support of a £10 million investment.

Easter Bush Campus wins at Sustainability Awards.

Representatives from the Easter Bush Campus team attended the Sustainability Awards on Tuesday 28th to receive their Gold awards for Office and Lab projects in 2016.

Agriculture workshop examines drone use to boost harvests

Experts are meeting in Africa to explore how drones and other remote sensing tools may be able to help farmers make better use of their land.

Advanced critical care scholarships offered to veterinary nurses

Veterinary nurses are to receive advanced training in emergency and critical care.

Professor Liz Baggs joins the Global Academy

Professor Liz Baggs has joined the School as part of the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security.

Director appointed to lead The Roslin Institute

Professor Eleanor Riley has been appointed to head the prestigious Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, which receives strategic investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Danish veterinary students visit Edinburgh

A group of twelve veterinary students from The University of Copenhagen has spent a week visiting colleagues at the Dick Vet in Edinburgh.

Toasting the Bard

The sixth Annual Dick Vet Burns Supper, held on Tuesday 24th January, was another huge success.

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.

Vet School Donates for the Homeless

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

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.