Liverpool University Veterinary Zoological Society
LUVZS is an extremely active student-run society within the Vet School with a different independent focus to that of the Liverpool University Veterinary Society, offering exciting practical experiences of a diverse range of species to its members.We provide many opportunities for Liverpool Vets and Biovets to experience practical zoological and wildlife medicine first hand through weekend trips, exotic species handling sessions and specialist talks.
How to Join
Membership is £8 per year, £21 for 3 years or £25 for 5 years.
To pay please transfer the money online (with your name as the reference) to the LUVZS account*.
Membership gives you discounts off future events e.g. £4 difference in ticket prices for trips, therefore you pay off your membership after 2 LUVZS events!
Recent Events To give you a flavour of what we do, here is a small selection of the events we have hosted over the past 2 years:
A specialist talk from James Robins, a primatologist who works in orangutan conservation & rehabilitation in Borneo
LUVZS Freshers Trips to Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park
Exotics handling sessions, with creatures ranging from bearded dragons to pythons
LUVZS trip to Edinburgh Zoo to see the pandas
The first LUVZS’s day, a day in Liverpool with numerous talks from specialists in the area and hands on experience with animals from fennec foxes to binturongs
A specialist talk from Iain Valentine, Director of the Giant Panda Project at Edinburgh Zoo
A talk from Jen Quayle, a Knowsley Safari Park vet, on veterinary work in safari parks vs in zoos
Upcoming Events... Saturday 8th October 2016 – Fresher’s trip to the Welsh Mountain zoo. This trip to the Welsh Mountain Zoo on Saturday 8th October, will allow you and your friends to meet other like-minded students from all years of the vet school and members of the committee, as well as exclusive talks and experiences at the zoo. Advance tickets for the Welsh Mountain trip will only be £20 for members and £24 for non-members, including return transport from your halls of residence. Any remaining tickets will be available to buy when you start at the end of September. But these tickets go fast so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.
To book please send the money directly to our account* with your name as a reference and email Charlotte or Cara to confirm. (Email addresses at the bottom of the page)
After the January exams LUVZS will be heading out to Copenhagen to visit the zoo, focus on conservation and explore the city. This promises to be LUVZS biggest event in history, definitely not one to be missed! More information to follow so watch this space.
LUVZS Contacts Database
LUVZS has a large contact database and this is freely available for all members. Please contact us if you would like details. Our contacts include:
European and RCVS Specialists in Zoological Medicine
Fellows of the Zoological Society of London
Knowsley Safari Park & Chester Zoo Head Keepers and Rangers
Kenyan Elephant Rangers
British Divers Marine Life Rescue Service Operation Managers
Director of the Giant Panda Project at Edinburgh Zoo
The British Veterinary Zoological Society council
Village Vets, an exotics vet practice in Liverpool
Our own Liverpool Vet School Veterinary Professionals
and many more exciting people such as the Worldwide Veterinary Service’s Founder Luke Gamble from the TV Show “ Vet Adventures”
Charities Each year the committee votes to support a UK based charity that focuses on zoological animals. This year, our society will be supporting World Parrot Trust. This year’s committee has decided that it is of utmost importance as future vets that we learn about, and support the exotic animals that are becoming increasingly popular as pets in the UK, whilst also retaining our focus on conservation.