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A new website addresses the challenges faced by farm vets

How farm vets cope

Published: Monday, 2nd November 2020

A new website to help vets cope with the daily challenges of farm animal practice has been launched by SRUC.

Eve Hanks will make her semi-final pitch in September

Eve enjoys more success

Published: Thursday, 20th August 2020

An SRUC Veterinary investigations officer is enjoying more success with her new company MI:RNA.

Eve Hanks delivers her winning virtual pitch in the Converge Challenge

Eve delivers a grand pitch

Published: Thursday, 2nd July 2020

A veterinary investigations officer at SRUC has beaten strong competition from around the country to take the £1000 first prize with a virtual pitch.

Vet support

Practices needed to support vet nurse training

Published: Friday, 26th June 2020

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is set to become a centre of excellence for the training veterinary nurses in the north east with the introduction of new courses.

SRUC Veterinary Services staff are working with colleagues at Moredun to assist with Covid-19 testing

SRUC supporting NHS with Covid-19 testing

Published: Friday, 26th June 2020

SRUC is working with Moredun Research Institute to support the NHS by providing extra capacity for vital testing of samples within their laboratory facilities at Pentlands Science Park in Midlothian.

SRUC is doing everything that can be done to ensure continuity of the health scheme

Sheep and Goat Health Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2020

A statement from George Caldow, Head of SRUC Veterinary Services, on SRUC’s Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme.

SRUC is introducing changes to the way teaching is delivered in the light of the coronavirus

SRUC to suspend face-to-face group teaching

Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020

Scotland’s Rural College is suspending face-to-face group teaching from 6pm on Friday 20 March.

A new national awareness week will aim to tackle the stigma of strangles

Speaking out about strangles

Published: Thursday, 5th March 2020

Speaking out about strangles – an infectious equine disease – is the focus of a new national week of action launched by SRUC in partnership with some of the UK’s largest horse welfare organisations.

Dairy farmers needed for m bovis study

Dairy farmers needed for M.Bovis study

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2020

Dairy farmers across Scotland are being urged to take part in a new study to help scientists better understand the spread of Mycoplasma bovis in cattle.

Crofting and farming in the new era of sea eagles will be discussed at a Portree event (photo RSPB/RSPB Images)

Farming in the era of sea eagles

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2020

Farmers and crofters affected by sea eagles are invited to the premiere of a short film highlighting the work being done to mitigate the problem.

SRUC vets contribute to antimicrobial report

No rise in resistance

Published: Monday, 9th December 2019

Ongoing surveillance of animals in Scotland is providing useful insights into antimicrobial resistance.

SRUC Veterinary service team members carry out testing on samples at the Veterinary and Analytical Laboratory

Implementing a new model of disease surveillance

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2019

Following an internal consultation, Scotland’s Rural College will progress with the new model of disease surveillance announced in August 2019.

A third of UK marine animal strandings are on Scottish coasts

A third of UK marine animal strandings are on Scottish coasts

Published: Friday, 6th September 2019

A total of 1,616 marine animals were reported washed up on Scottish shorelines in a seven-year period between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report published today.

Farmers are being advised to take steps to combat summer mastitis

Beware summer mastitis

Published: Friday, 30th August 2019

A beef expert at Scotland’s Rural College has highlighted the importance of checking cattle following reports of large numbers of summer mastitis cases.

Redwings’ Head of Welfare and Behaviour Nic de Brauwere with PASS Silver Status certificate

Silver status for Redwings

Published: Thursday, 29th August 2019

Redwings was recognised for its work to control equine strangles by being awarded PASS Silver Status by SRUC Veterinary Services, which runs the national Premium Assured Strangles Scheme.

SRUC has announced changes to its disease surveillance model

New model for disease surveillance

Published: Wednesday, 21st August 2019

Providing one-to-one advice to veterinary practitioners, leveraging big data, and integrated testing in one specialist laboratory are at the centre of a new model of farm animal disease surveillance.

The proposed new location for the new Rural Veterinary Hub on the Inverness Campus.

Inverness Veterinary Hub bid success

Published: Friday, 16th August 2019

Scotland’s Rural College and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have made a successful bid to create a new data-driven innovation centre for veterinary science in Inverness.

Sruc announces new livestock post mortem arrangements

Animal Disease Surveillance in the Lothians

Published: Friday, 24th May 2019

From 15 June 2019, vets and farmers in the Lothians will no longer send animals for post-mortem examinations at the Allan Watt building in the Bush Estate, near Edinburgh.

Sruc invests in inverness

SRUC Invests in Inverness

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Following the sale of its Drummondhill site, Scotland’s Rural College is looking to reinvest in Inverness.

Strangles is prevalent in equines around the UK

Strangles symposium success

Published: Thursday, 11th April 2019

Eradicating strangles – the UK’s most prevalent infectious equine disease – could become a reality if more people were inspired to take action.

Protecting animal health

Protecting Animal Health

Published: Thursday, 21st March 2019

A new £1.6 million centre for animal disease surveillance and research means faster, more reliable and more efficient diagnoses of livestock animal diseases for the whole of Scotland.

SRUC recruits 120 practices across England in BVD campaign

£6m allocated to vets to contain cattle disease

Published: Monday, 11th March 2019

Nearly £6 million in funding has been allocated to vets in England as part of a campaign to tackle a highly contagious cattle disease.

SRUC Principal and Chief Executive, Professor Wayne Powell and Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation

Smarter about rural animal health

Published: Wednesday, 19th December 2018

SRUC and the Moredun Research Institute (MRI) have set out plans for their new strategic partnership to benefit Scotland’s livestock and farming industries.

A dog has their teeth checked at the vets

Canine Cancer Registry

Published: Tuesday, 11th December 2018

SRUC has received £15,000 from the Collaborative Campus Challenge Fund to support a 12-month project to explore the creation of the first canine cancer registry in Scotland.

London vet show

It’s showtime…

Published: Friday, 23rd November 2018

A team from SRUC has returned from Europe’s premier conference-led exhibition for veterinary professionals.

Vetnomics news

‘Crash course’ in animal breeding

Published: Wednesday, 17th October 2018

World-leading livestock scientists will next month deliver a ‘crash course’ in animal breeding.

Entanglement pic

Scotland creates Europe’s first ‘Entanglement Alliance’

Published: Friday, 31st August 2018

A new research project into marine animal entanglements in Scottish waters has been launched.

Beef cows in the sun

SAC Consulting to deliver £5.7 million BVD project

Published: Friday, 22nd June 2018

SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, will deliver a major project aimed at stamping out Bovine Viral Diarrhoea.

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Dr Jet Mars - Moredun Seminar

Published: Tuesday, 19th June 2018

Dr Jet Mars of the Dutch Animal Health Service, Deventer will be giving a presentation entitled Monitoring Cattle Health for Farmers, Industry and Government, the perspective from the Netherlands.

Vetnomics news

The genomes are out of the bottle

Published: Tuesday, 24th April 2018

World-leading livestock scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are set to give vets the lowdown on genomics to give them the knowledge that farmers need to optimise their breeding decisions.

Cattle news

SRUC helps lead charge in fight against Bovine TB

Published: Thursday, 22nd March 2018

SRUC is working with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to embark on two new projects which will take the agricultural industry one step closer to eradicating Bovine TB (bTB).

SAC consulting Vet Services Disease surv centre

SAC Consulting announces carcase collection scheme

Published: Wednesday, 24th January 2018

A subsidised scheme that could save farmers significant money and time in the animal post-mortem process has been set up in Dumfries and Galloway.

heep affected by sheep scab.

Free sheep scab testing for Scottish flocks

Published: Monday, 15th January 2018

Scottish farmers are being reminded that free laboratory testing for sheep scab is available from SAC Consulting Veterinary Services.

Schmallenberg Virus Lambs

SBV survey gives early warning of disease risk

Published: Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Vets have found signs that the midge-borne Schmallenberg Virus (SBV), which is capable of causing deformities in calves and lambs, had been circulating in Dumfries and Galloway in the autumn of 2017.

Entrepreneurial spark vets scheme

Unleashing our full potential

Published: Monday, 13th November 2017

As television audiences watch competition continue to heat up on The Apprentice, a new campaign has been launched to inspire staff and students at Scotland’s Rural College through entrepreneurship.

Group gathered outside  SRUC building

Updates from SheepNet – the EU network on sheep productivity

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

In the last six months, there has been a series of interesting developments in the EU network on sheep productivity – called SheepNet – in which SRUC is one of seven core partners.

CT Scanner

A busy summer for new mobile CT scanner

Published: Wednesday, 14th June 2017

The new mobile CT scanner run by SRUC faces a busy summer on the road.

Visiting the CT scanner

SRUC’s new mobile scanner shows staff what’s on the inside

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

70 staff attended SRUC’s new mobile CT scanning unit open day – to see the new equipment at first hand and to discuss how it could be used to help with research or clients’ business needs.

Swaledale Ewe and Lamb

SRUC Vets’ advice on Schmallenberg virus in Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

In the past two week SAC Consulting Veterinary Services has confirmed two diagnoses of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) infection in malformed lambs in two Scottish flocks close to the border with England.

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Brian Hosie lays down his scalpel in change of leadership at SAC Consulting Veterinary Services

Published: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Brian Hosie has laid down his scalpel after retiring from his role as Head of SAC Consulting Veterinary Services – with George Caldow stepping into his wellies.

Lamb with swollen knees

Free tests offered in survey of joint disease in new-born lambs

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

With anecdotal evidence of an increase in “joint-ill” - a disease affecting the joints of young lambs - investigators from SRUC are offering free post mortem tests to sheep farmers and their vets.

John Scholefield

New face for SAC Consulting in England

Published: Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Sheffield based John Scholefield is the latest recruit to the SAC Consulting Veterinary Services team in England.


Veterinary Disease Surveillance in Inverness and Ayr: SRUC Update

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

Staff working in SRUC’s Veterinary Disease Surveillance Centres based in Inverness and Ayr have been informed of changes to the service which will ensure clients in both regions are well served.

Kirkton cow

Casualty Cow Heightens Concern About Risks from Low Protein Levels in Silage

Published: Friday, 26th February 2016

A casualty animal recently submitted to one of SRUC's Veterinary Investigation Centres confirms earlier fears that some silages being fed to livestock this winter are low in protein.

Killer whale found stranded on the Isle of Tiree

Killer Whale Post Mortem Suggests Entanglement in Fishing Gear

Published: Wednesday, 13th January 2016

SRUC vets believe that a female killer whale recently found stranded on Tiree, died as a result of entanglement in ropes, likely to be either active or abandoned fishing gear or creel lines.

Snowy Highland Cow

Risk of Magnesium Tetany in Outwintered Cows

Published: Wednesday, 13th January 2016

SRUC experts are alerting farmers that in light of this winter’s extreme weather, there is an increased risk of their cows suffering from magnesium deficiency.

Vet nursing students

Animal Care and Vet Nursing Courses Transfer from North East Scotland College to SRUC

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

Courses in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing, presently offered by North East Scotland College, are to transfer to Scotland’s Rural College.


Edinburgh College Vet Nursing Students Moving to Top New Facilities at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

Edinburgh College’s Veterinary Nursing courses are transferring to new custom-built facilities at SRUC, giving students an improved learning experience to get the best possible start to their careers.

George Vet award

Another Accolade for Top Vet George

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

SRUC Vet George Caldow was recently presented with the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) President’s Award.

Older piglets suckling

Fifty Years of Animal Welfare Celebrated at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

The importance of animal welfare was highlighted by the team at Scotland’s Rural College at their Animal Welfare Day celebrating 50 years since the Brambell Report.

Veterinary Surveillance Consultation: Summary Report and Responses Now Online

Published: Wednesday, 5th August 2015

Following the recent consultation on proposed changes to Scotland’s veterinary disease surveillance network, SRUC has published on its website a summary report and stakeholder responses.

Veterinary Disease Surveillance Consultation Draws to a Close

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Friday 10 July was the final day for submitting feedback to SRUC’s consultation on the future of veterinary disease surveillance in Scotland.

Reminder: Veterinary Disease Surveillance Consultation

Published: Monday, 29th June 2015

SRUC’s consultation on the future of veterinary disease surveillance in Scotland closes in just under two weeks’ time, on 10 July 2015.

Productive Year for Veterinary & Advisory Services Programme

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

Activities undertaken by Scotland’s Rural College in delivering the Scottish Government’s £7.4 million Veterinary and Advisory Services (VAS) programme have been outlined in the VAS annual report.

SRUC to Consult on Veterinary Disease Surveillance

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Scotland’s Rural College has announced proposals for changes to the network of Veterinary Disease Surveillance Centres (DSCs) it runs in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Frankie Alcock

Touching Rugby Down Under – Two From Scotland’s Rural College Represent Their Country in World Cup

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

A student and a member of staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will be travelling to Australia to represent and to captain Scotland’s Touch Rugby Teams at the Touch World Cup later this month.

SRUC Oatridge Premium Assured Strangles Scheme (PASS) Accreditation

SRUC Oatridge Stables’ Gains PASS Accreditation in UK Horse Disease Health Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

The stable yard on the Oatridge campus of Scotland’s Rural College is the latest accredited to a UK wide scheme protecting horses from Strangles.

Kirkton sheep in field

SRUC Vets Appeal for Considerate Dog Control as Lambing Time Approaches

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

With lambing time approaching, vets from Scotland’s Rural College are reminding dog owners to keep their pets under close control near livestock and to avoid going near sheep at all, if possible.

Sheep and lambs in field

SRUC Vets Concerned at Rise in Incurable Viral Disease in Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College believe many commercial sheep flocks could be threatened by a rise in the incurable viral disease Maedi Visna (MV).


Lungworm Warning from SRUC Vets

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Farmers are warned to be on their guard for lungworm this year.

cattle with long bone deformity

SRUC Veterinary Services Launches New Test to Help Prevent Long Bone Deformity

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

SRUC’s Veterinary Services has launched a new test for measuring levels of the essential trace element manganese in cows to help reduce long bone deformity of their suckled calves.

Jennifer Brown at the Smallholder Festival 2014.

SRUC Shines at the Scottish Smallholder Festival

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Once again Scotland’s Rural College attended the annual Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival in Lanark market this month.

Crichton dairy cow and calf

Free Dairy Herd Health Meetings in SW Scotland

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of SRUC) is organising two free on-farm meetings in South West Scotland focusing on dairy herd health and production.

Humpback whale, Mull

Humpback Whale Post Mortem Suggests Entanglement in Salmon Farm

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

SRUC vets believe that a young humpback whale found drowned off the coast of Mull died after swimming into a fish farm.

Lleyn at Kirkton

Maedi Visna (MV) – Is the Sheep Industry Listening?

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College are appealing to sheep farmers across the UK to be alert to an increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV); an incurable viral disease of sheep.

PASS logo

Horse Owners Head Start on Disease Protection

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Everyone from private horse owners to those managing commercial yards received key advice on avoiding a disease threat during the recent Welfare Conference in Bristol.

Peter Wragg - Veterinary Microbiology Workshop

Vets and Scientists Gather for Skills Update

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Nearly fifty delegates and speakers from a range of organisations gathered at the Edinburgh Campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently for a Veterinary Microbiology Workshop.

Sheep and lambs

No Schmallenberg Cases Reported in Scotland So Far This Year - Farmers Advised to Speak to Their Vets

Published: Wednesday, 14th May 2014

Monitoring by vets from Scotland’s Rural College indicates that so far this year there have been no cases of Schmallenberg virus infection (SBV) amongst Scotland’s new born calves and lambs.

Liver fluke cycle

Don’t Get Careless Over Liver Fluke

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

Vets from SRUC warn sheep farmers that while liver fluke epidemics may have failed to hit the headlines during this recent winter, they have not disappeared and should not be forgotten.

Kirkton lambs

Sheep Farmers Warned Nematodirus Gut Worms Already Killing Lambs

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Sheep farmers and veterinary practices are warned that a fatal infection with Nematodirus battus gut worms has just been diagnosed in a lamb sent for post mortem to our St Boswells Veterinary Centre.

cattle scab mite

First Case of Cattle Scab Found in Scotland - SRUC Urges Farmers to be Vigilant

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

The first case of cattle scab to be confirmed in Scotland since the early 1980s has been diagnosed by vets at SAC Consulting’s St Boswells Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Stranded sperm whale Joppa

SRUC and the Sperm Whale

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Time and tide wait for no man and in the case of Inverness based SRUC vet Andrew Brownlow the New Year tide at Joppa washed up a dead 26 tonne sperm whale.

PASS Karecole Livery

Scottish Livery Yard the First in the UK to be Accredited Under New Strangles Health Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

A livery yard at West Linton, in the Scottish Borders, is the first in the UK to become accredited under a new scheme to protect horses and premises from a debilitating and highly contagious disease.

Oatridge Campus - Cattle Shed

Beware Pneumonia - SRUC Warns Farmers to Think Now About Respiratory Disease in Young Cattle

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College are reminding farmers to beware of pneumonia in young stock.

Greenshields herd

SRUC Vets Warn of Blackleg Increase in Caithness Area

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Scotland’s Rural College vets are warning farmers about a rise in the incidence of Blackleg in cattle in the Caithness area.

Sowerbys beaked whale stranded

SRUC Vet Responds to Rare Whale Stranding on St Kilda

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

A vet from the SRUC-led Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme responded when the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) reported a rarely seen Sowerby’s beaked whale and its calf had become stranded.

Stranded pilot whale

Whale Stranding Link Investigated

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Specialist vets at Scotland’s Rural College have been investigating whether there is a connection between three whale strandings which occurred off Scotland’s east coast over the past few week.

Stirling Farm Event looks at Health and Efficiency of Scotland’s Beef Calf Production.

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Even farmers are enjoying the good weather, with lush, green grass and calves and lambs growing fast, with the sun on their backs.

An image of the Schmallenberg virus

Third Schmallenberg Virus Case in Aberdeenshire

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

A third case of case of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) has been confirmed in Aberdeenshire.

An image of the Schmallenberg virus

Schmallenberg Case in Aberdeenshire Beef Herd

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

A case of Schmallenberg Disease (SBV) has been confirmed in a calf born to a homebred, suckler heifer on a farm outside Aberdeen.

Horse standing at fence

New Health Scheme for Horses Aims to Control Strangles Disease

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

A new, UK wide, health scheme addressing the threat to horses from the disease Strangles has been launched by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

CLA lump on a ewe

Sheep Breeders Urged to Test Sheep For CLA Disease Before Sales

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

With sheep shearing underway and the first of the season’s ram sales soon, experts from SRUC recommend that, in preparation for the sale, UK breeders test their sheep for CLA or caseous lymphadenitis.

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Yet Another Threat to Lambs – Warning of Nematodirus Infection as Temperatures Climb

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College fear young lambs are at risk from a mass hatch of Nematodirus battus worms they expect in the next few weeks.

Fluke Problem Forecast to get Worse

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Farmers and Crofters hoping the suffering liver fluke is presently causing their sheep and cattle won't be repeated should take note of future forecasts.

An image of the Schmallenberg virus

First Scottish Case of Schmallenberg Identified in Dumfriesshire

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

Tests carried out by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services and Moredun Research Institute have confirmed the first Scottish case of Schmallenberg disease on a Dumfriesshire farm.

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SRUC’s Premium Cattle Health Scheme Brews up New Business

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

A brewery at Blanford Forum in Dorset was one of the venues chosen on a recent series of meetings organised to raise awareness of SRUC’s Premium Cattle Health Scheme.

Thurso Vets open day

Farmers face the Ick Factor at Thurso Open Day

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

A strong constitution was required as faeces samples and semen testing took centre stage at a recent open day at SAC Consulting’s Veterinary Services Centre.

Learning the Lessons of Cattle Disease Control – Farmers’ Meeting

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Researchers seeking to improve the control of Johne’s disease in Scotland will be holding a joint meeting and discussion for farmers with the regular monitor farm network on Wednesday 5th December.

Open Day for all Farmers at Veterinary Services Centre, Thurso

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Local farmers are invited to a free open day at SAC Consulting’s Veterinary Services Centre in Thurso from 11am to 2.30pm on Thursday 29th November.

SAC Warns of Increase in Blackleg Cases - Farmers Should Take Advice on Risks to Cattle from Disease

Published: Monday, 13th August 2012

SAC vets are warning farmers about a rise in the incidence of blackleg in cattle after the disease was diagnosed recently in five of its Disease Surveillance Centres.

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