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ViVet news: RCVS innovation project celebrates first anniversary 

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ landmark innovation initiative ViVet is celebrating its first anniversary with the publication of ViVet Bites – a new regular feature highlighting innovators and influencers in the veterinary and animal health sector.

The ViVet programme was launched at a special Innovation Symposium at the Warwick Business School in The Shard in September 2017, featuring a wide range of speakers drawn from the world of technology and innovation in areas such as healthcare, scientific research, business and finance and, of course, veterinary science. 

ViVet grew out of the recommendations of the Vet Futures research project and is designed to ensure veterinary professionals are engaged with innovation and technological development in the animal health sector. 

Since it launched last year, the ViVet website has been publishing blogs and case studies and the team, led by RCVS Council member Chris Tufnell and Director of Leadership and Innovation Anthony Roberts, has been talking to audiences both within and without the veterinary professions about the project and veterinary innovation in general. 

Events spoken at have included the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress, the British Equine Veterinary Association, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe Conference in Brussels and the Veterinary Public Health Association/ Association of Government Vets ‘Embracing Innovation’ Conference. 

To celebrate the year since the project started, ViVet has now launched a brand new resource called ViVet Bites which are short interviews with innovators who are making waves in the profession through technological development, new business models and other inspiring ways of working.
 
The first person to be interviewed for ViVet Bites is Sam Joseph, co-founder of StreetVet, which has some 300 volunteer veterinary surgeons and nurses providing free veterinary care to animals owned by the homeless community in a number of cities across the UK. In his interview (available to download from www.vivet.org.uk/resources) Sam talks about how he and fellow veterinary surgeon Jade Statt started StreetVet, his thoughts on the future of veterinary innovation and how vets can use their problem-solving skills to become innovators. 
 
Dr Chris Tufnell, who is leading the ViVet project, said: “We are delighted that Sam has agreed to be our first ever ViVet Bites interviewee and his story demonstrates that innovation isn’t just about new pieces of equipment or software, but is about new ways of thinking about how veterinary services can be delivered – including to some of the most vulnerable in society.
 
“I am also very proud of the work that the ViVet project has been undertaking in the year since it has launched. Throughout the year, together with Anthony Roberts I have met many people working in the innovation and healthcare space, learning about current and future trends in innovation and providing regulatory advice and support.  We have a very exciting year to look forward to with some upcoming events and competitions. Make sure to regularly check in on the ViVet website and to subscribe to the ViVet e-newsletter for news and events and to keep up-to-date with the latest blogs, case studies and ViVet Bites.”
 
To download the first ViVet Bites, visit www.vivet.org.uk/resources. A podcast and a webinar featuring Chris Tufnell and Anthony Roberts speaking about the ViVet project and what it means are also available to download on the same page.

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