27 March 2019

Evening event featuring live dissection and pathology careers was supported by funding from our public engagement grant

Around 200 people attended a special event organised by the Royal Veterinary College last week; ‘Animal CSI: Predator’ was part-funded by the Royal College of Pathologists’ Public Engagement Innovation Grant Scheme and took place at London’s The Royal Institution.

The event included a tiger dissection demonstration, which was streamed from the Royal Veterinary College into the famous Royal Institution auditorium, as well as hands-on activities and careers talks. A number of College Fellows were involved in delivering veterinary pathology-themed activities, which included a stand about parasitic worms and an activity about ophthalmic veterinary pathology, delivered by RCPath Fellow Alex Civello. Alex also took part in a careers panel discussion at the event, and will appear in the next instalment of our careers interview videos later this year.

The RCPath public engagement team also supported two veterinary science students to deliver its dog breeding-themed Paws for Thought activity, and worked with science-based artist, Dr Lizzie Burns to provide some relaxing pathology-themed art activities. Attendees were invited to add colour to a selection of illustrations Lizzie has done for the College – the full range of these illustrations, which include a hand-drawn representative image for all 17 pathology specialties, will be available on our website very soon!

The event was an excellent opportunity to highlight careers in veterinary pathology; a proportion of the tickets were given for free to undergraduate and school students, who enjoyed the chance to talk face to face with veterinary pathologists, and learn more about this specialty through live demonstrations and activities.