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Founded in 2013, the Veterinary Policy Research Foundation provides Professor The Lord Trees with research assistance in the House of Lords
The Parliamentary Veterinary Internship offers the chance to work at the House of Lords alongside a veterinarian in parliament. It offers insight into veterinary policy and the parliamentary process and is a chance, for those interested in policy making and the varied roles veterinarians contribute to society, to develop new skills during a unique career development opportunity. The position is open to veterinary graduates (who are MRCVS). Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the veterinary profession in the UK.
Applications are now open for the next Parliamentary Veterinary Internship, commencing in October 2023.
To stop zoonotic diseases, we need to make One Health a reality. Tackling rabies is a good place to start
How rabies control can help build the One Health systems we need. By Professor Sarah Cleaveland and Professor the Lord Trees* The coronavirus pandemic has opened the world’s eyes to zoonotic diseases – illnesses that are transmitted from animals to humans (and sometimes vice-versa). Covid-19, Ebola, MERS, avian flu and HIV all originated in animals.…
Investigation into UK dog health insurance premium prices shows greatly increased costs for popular brachycephalic breeds – consistent with their known health risks. Download full article here Gemma Chaters1; Alexander John Trees2, Gabrielle Laing3 1University of Glasgow; 2House of Lords; 3Veterinary Policy Research Foundation House of Lords G.Chaters.email@example.com Abstract Certain dog breeds are increasing in…
Collection of reports and Parliamentary briefings concerning UK Animal Welfare issues of political interest This page is in development. To recommend the inclusion of a new document please contact us. General reference July 2016: Horses in Our Hands – Equine Welfare in England and Wales (University of Bristol/World Horse Welfare) March 2016: UK Public attitudes to Animal…
Since the referendum decision on 23rd June 2016 we have been actively compiling briefing materials relating to the challenges and opportunities presented leaving the EU. Below we have listed are a collection of documents which we consider to be helpful resources for veterinarians, parliamentarians and the media in assessing the impact of Brexit on veterinarians…
UK Antibiotic Usage and Resistance Fact File is available here This document draws on publicly available data to provide an unbiased factual overview of antibiotic usage data in the UK in both animals and humans. Resistance data for E. coli, Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp. are also presented for both animals and humans. Finally, the document…
The number of sheep and goats slaughtered without stunning has doubled in the last six years, with an estimated 3.3 million (27%) not stunned in 2017. Despite a body of scientific evidence of harm, the use of non-stun slaughter by some religious groups is allowed in the UK.
This issue has been a subject of interest for us, other Parliamentarians and particularly the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for some time but rejection of the Amendment (New Clause 30) to the Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons on 15th November has heightened interest. At the Veterinary Policy Research Foundation we have compiled an Animal…
Lord Trees spoke on 17 October in the House of Lords in a debate on the EU subcommittee reports on Brexit: agriculture and Brexit: farm animal welfare with Defra Minister Lord Gardiner. He took the opportunity to ask the Minister for further clarity on the rights of non-UK EU vets to continue to work in…
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