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Top 6 Things to Take Lambing

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Top 6 Things to Take Lambing

Going Lambing? First Time? Time to Prepare.
Top 6 Things to remember for Lambing:

1. Warm layers: unless you’re lambing in the Channel Islands, you’re going to get cold, very cold. At times you may consider helping a ewe out just to get your hands warmed up. You’ve also got to balance things up, either look like the Michelin man or be able to touch your toes.

 

2. Chocolate: lambing is tiring, if it isn’t then you’re not doing it right. If the farmer is feeding ewe then you’re doing well, but I guarantee you they’ll be times when you need a quick energy boost. A good idea is to take some nice looking chocolate, that, if you feel they deserve it, can be given to your host farmer as a present; if you feel your mere presence is enough then you can scoff it yourself, win-win.

 

 

3.  Knife: one thing holds British farms together, baler twine. That stuff can hold tractors, barns, even sheep together, and it never breaks. The only time you really, really, need a knife is when you don’t have one - so don’t be caught out. A simple pen knife is ideal, it doesn’t need to be expensive since you could drop it off a moving quad-bike down a ravine at any time.

 

4. Sense of humour: you can’t buy this one, but try your best to get your hands on one if you’re lacking. At the end of the day, and in that 15 minutes you have off before the next day, you have to accept things don’t go to plan, some lambs really don’t want to live and with all the best intention in the world you can’t save them. Enjoy the little things and make sure you value all the good work you do.

 

 

5. Books: You’re a vet student and you’re there lambing to learn. You won’t know everything so don’t pretend to, but a good book on lambing is always useful when you don’t want to wake the farmer every time a sheep does a funny sneeze. Books also give you kudos, you’re a vet student now, not just a work experience student, and you’re here to learn and lamb. If you also want to prepare before you go, apparently there’s some online video sharing website called the youtube, where you can learn hints and tups.

 

 

 

6.       Entertainment: Working nights can be boring, really boring sometimes. So boring that part of you, the rather evil part I suppose, wants something really bad to go wrong just so there’s something to do. A pack of cards is ideal, cards were what people used to play with before TV, before x-box and even before the internet. There’re also good to get to know your hosts and to teach children their place without hitting them. 

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BVA Council Debates New Vet School Policy

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BVA Council Debates New Vet School Policy

There has been much debate regarding new vet schools including was presented to council. The draft had been developed by the Education Subgroup of BVA’s Members Services Group, on which AVS were represented. There was broad agreement with most of the policy and the concerns on the profession about graduate employment, availability of EMS and impacts on education. AVS President Alex McGhee did however share a number of concerns about the policy. The first was that making student aware of other career options was not a ‘silver bullet’ as most students already knew of these options already but didn’t necessarily want to take them. On this point BVA President assured him that this was aimed more at those who are unhappy in the profession but don’t feel they have other options.

The draft also stated that it would be “unconstructive to try to stop progress” however Alex stated that ‘It is perhaps not entirely beneficial to rule out the idea of being against rapid rises in the number of graduates simply because we can’t stop it. There are possibly various things that the BVA can’t stop,’ he said, ‘but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not opposed to it.

BVA council decided not to approve the current draft, to incorporate a clear statement about concerns surrounding the increase in veterinary undergraduate places, and the potential implications for the quality of veterinary teaching and the future of the profession and seek approval from AVS before returning a new draft for BVA council approval.

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