Category Archives: 2015

Talk Summary: Outfoxing Rabies + Life as a PhD Student!

Last week, we had a really interesting talk from Laurie Baker about her current PhD project on fox rabies as well as all her previous research projects including her Master’s and Undergrad degree.

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PhD Project:

Rabies is a viral disease which affects all mammals and is spread through the saliva of infected animals. When an animal becomes infected with rabies, there are no symptoms for around 3 weeks, as the virus migrates to the brain. Then, there is a rapid increase of the virus in the saliva and after 4 days the disease will lead to death.  The rabies epidemic originated in the 1940s in Poland, where a cross-over from dogs to foxes occured, and from there the disease became rapidly widespread throughout Europe.

The main method for eradicating rabies in foxes is through oral vaccines, which are distributed via aeroplane and dropped into known fox territories. The vaccines are in the form of tablets – similar to dog biscuits – which attract the foxes who then eat them, and are subsequently protected from infection. This method is slightly more difficult in urban areas as the vaccines have to be distributed by hand but, nevertheless, eradication has been extremely successful and the majority of West and Central Europe is now rabies-free! Continue reading

Thurs 3rd December, 2015: Talking Sheep!

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Various speakers: “Talking Sheep” – an insight into the world of ruminants from various biological perspectives!

Graham Kerr Building, 6:30pm. Food and drink provided! (Facebook Event Here)

This Thursday we will be having our final talk of the year in association with the Sheep Veterinary Society and MSD Health!

‘Talking Sheep’ is a nation wide talk scheme with an element of veterinary medicine. The scheme was initiated to give people an insight into the world of sheep and other ruminants, as well as linking it to wider ecosystems and parisitology/virology.

During the talk, we will be hearing about work done in various fields – including virology, parisitology and disease control – across the world as well as in our own country. Speakers will include Dr. Valentina Busin DVM MRCVS DipECSRHM, Mr. George King BVMS CertVC MRCVS, Mr. Richard Thompson BVSc CertSHP MRCVS and Hannah Davidson – a Zoology undergraduate student here at the University of Glasgow.

Since it’s a special, collaborative event there will even be some food and drink at the talk , so come along to enjoy a night of knowledge and festivities before we all go home for Christmas! :)

Talk Summary: RSPB + Conservation Careers

Last week, we had a really lovely and interesting talk by Mark Mitchell from the RSPB. He gave us a wonderful insight into how you can get into a career in conservation (or whatever you want!) if you work hard and just keep at it!

Interestingly, Mark did not study Zoology or any kind of science – he attended Stirling University where he did Media Studies. Once he graduated, however, he realised that this was no longer a path he wanted to follow and so insteaRSPB logo for news webd he pursued his new-found interest in wildife, particularly birds.

Moving from his home in England to Scotland opened Mark’s eyes to the fascinating and beautiful wildlife we have in this country. He was keen to share his interest and enthusiam for wildlife with others, and that is what inspired him to get involved with the RSPB! Continue reading

Talk Summary: Froglife!

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Last week, we had Emily Waddell from Froglife come to give us a fantastic talk about the work that they do and the number of ways in which keen students can get involved with them!  It was really interesting and even included some fun interactive activities to keep us engaged!

But if you missed it, not to worry, here’s what it was all about:

Froglife are a charity organisation who are focused on conserving amphibians and reptiles throughout the UK.

Emily is from Froglife Scotland (who are based right here in the university in the Graham Kerr Building!) and she spoke about their Scottish Dragon Finder Project which they are currently working on. This is a 4-and-a-half year project, of which there are 2-and-a-half years left, focused on the education about and conservation of Scotland’s native amphibian and reptile species. Continue reading