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2020 News

News from 2020

Schools project honoured with animal research award

A teaching toolkit has been recognised for supporting children to learn about science through research involving animals.

Venison carries low risk of food poisoning, study finds

Report into safety of meat from Scottish deer reveals low prevalence of harmful bacteria.

Gene discovery may help prevent tooth loss in cats

Blocking role of gene prevents processes leading to tooth resorption.

DNA insights could help protect manta rays

Researchers provide evidence for a potential new ray species and suggest improvements to conservation approach.

Dick Vet wins Veterinary School of the Year Award

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has won the first ever Veterinary School of the year award at the WVA Animal Welfare Awards 2020.

UK campaign recognises Centre’s impact on health

National initiative highlights scientific innovation and collaboration of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health.

Free online teaching provides timely boost for vet nurses’ skills

A free online resource has been launched by the University of Edinburgh to mark Veterinary Nurses Day on Friday the 9th October.

Shape analysis offers insight on horses’ dental problems

CT Scans and statistical analysis reveal that bone development in equine skulls varies with age.

Specialist surgery increases size of spaniel skull

Veterinary specialists and researchers collaborate to relieve pain in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Dick Vet Tops Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

The Dick Vet Tops Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the sixth year running.

Solar farm to generate green power for the Easter Bush Campus

A new solar farm at the Easter Bush Campus will provide 15 percent of the electricity requirements.

Helping hands sought to plant campus trees

Volunteers are needed to help plant hundreds of trees at the Easter Bush campus.

Professor Ivan Morrison awarded the inaugural Plowright Prize

Professor Ivan Morrison from the Roslin Institute has been awarded the inaugural Plowright Prize by RCVS Knowledge for the impact of, and plans for his research combating the cattle disease East Coast Fever.

Dick Vet Tops Guardian University Guide for Fourth Year

The Dick Vet has come top of the Guardian University Guide 2021: league table for veterinary science for the fourth year running.

Study reveals how animals adapt to seasons

Scientists have discovered how a biological switch helps animals make the seasonal changes crucial for survival, such as growing a warm winter coat and adjusting body temperatures.

Guided radiation aids dog’s improvement from cancer

Dog successfully treated for aggressive cancer, thanks to high-tech therapy.

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng receives the International Nelson Mandela Justice award

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng receives the Nelson Mandela Justice award by the UNESCO Center for Peace.

Masks can block 99.9% of Covid-linked droplets

Wearing a face mask significantly lowers the risk of spreading Covid-19 to others through speaking and coughing, study suggests.

Student Graduation Prize Winners 2020

Congratulations to all of the 2020 graduation prize winners.

Dick Vet Excels in National Student Survey

The Dick Vet has received 95% overall satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey results.

Do we really understand our animals? Study reveals gap in owner knowledge

Lockdown measures here in the UK have led many people to spend more time with their pets, at home. While the human benefits of having a companion animal have been well documented, recent research shows a gap in what we know about their needs.

Monitoring wildlife could limit risk of pandemics

Surveillance of potentially infectious organisms in wild animals and wildlife products could help limit the likelihood of emerging diseases.

Dick Vet Rises to Second in latest ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has come second in the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Veterinary Sciences.

Insectivores recover from high vitamin D intake

Zoo animals suffer ill-effects linked to high dietary levels of essential nutrient.

Peer Support on the Easter Bush Campus

A new peer support group at the Easter Bush Campus aims to offer an informal way for staff to support one another.

Data cleaning method lends insights into dog health

Scientists are gaining accurate insights into the healthy development of Labrador retriever puppies, thanks to a new method of removing errors in data from surveys.

School Success at Teaching Awards

The Dick Vet has been successful in a number of categories at the EUSA Teaching Awards 2020

Ticks cause potentially curable condition in cats

A tick-borne disease often seen in people can cause potentially treatable heart abnormalities in cats, vets have reported.

Cat’s treatment highlights risk of rare infection

Treatment of a rare but potentially serious fungal disease in a cat has highlighted the risk of similar infections in animals and their owners.

The vets that keep working through a global emergency

When you think of key medical workers, your mind probably turns to doctors, nurses and paramedics, and rightly so. They are at the front line of the situation we find ourselves in - a worldwide pandemic, with a dramatic impact on us all, the full extent of which will not be known for a long time. Our NHS staff are the heroes of this catastrophe, and we must never forget it.

Fish resistance to lethal virus linked to genetics

Resistance to a deadly disease in Tilapia fish is mainly caused by genetic differences between families of the same fish.

Roslin scientists support work to tackle coronavirus

Roslin scientists are contributing to meeting the challenge of the current coronavirus outbreak.

Join us for Postgraduate Virtual Open Week 16 - 20 March

Join us between 16 - 20 March for a range of online sessions that will allow you to find out more about our on campus postgraduate programmes, from wherever you are, through an online platform.

Livestock farms could benefit from genome editing

Animal breeding could become more efficient with an approach that combines DNA-editing techniques with new reproductive technologies.

Alabama Rot in Scotland: Update from the Hospital for Small Animals

Alabama Rot in Scotland: Update from the Hospital for Small Animals

Cow gut study could help tackle disease

A common, chronic gut disease in ruminants will be the focus of a £1 million study.

Professor Helen Sang is made OBE in New Year Honours list

Personal Chair of Vertebrate Molecular Development is made OBE in the New Year's honours list.