World Veterinary Day Celebrated With Poetry
Poet and Edinburgh University alumnus Russell Jones, has created a unique syringe-shaped poem for World Veterinary Day.
This year's theme for World Veterinary Day is the “Value of Vaccination” and as part of our celebrations, Edinburgh University alumnus Dr Russell Jones, has created a unique syringe-shaped poem for the Dick Vet.
Poet and Author
Dr Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published five collections of poetry and edited three anthologies. He is deputy editor of “Shoreline of Infinity”, a sci-fi magazine. He also writes stories for children, YA/adult novels and has a PhD in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of The University of Edinburgh, with an MSc and PhD in Creative Writing.
World Veterinary Day
This year's World Veterinary Day is themed “Value of Vaccination” and we have been looking at some of the work which is conducted within the School and The Roslin Institute. You can find out more about our work here.
In Human Sanctuaries
Read Russell's poem below, or find the transcript at the bottom of this post.
About the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos.
The School comprises:
- The Roslin Institute
- The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
- The Roslin Innovation Centre
- The Hospital for Small Animals
- Equine Veterinary Services
- Farm Animal Services
- Easter Bush Pathology
- The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education
We represent the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.
In Human Sanctuaries
stick to the point
of a needle, shrill tip,
quick nip, longer story:
declining dog – raging, slathered, distempered
feeble feline – crimson eyes, tainted milk, hard to breathe
hoarse horse – unstable, lock-jawed, equine sneeze
guts like broncos
of this system