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Educating the Veterinary Students of Tomorrow

We are now in the second month of 2019 and already onto our second social media campaign of the year! First came Veganuary, which saw many of us taking to a vegan diet for a month, now hot on its heels comes ‘FebruDairy’, which is kicking up a storm in many different communities.

The campaign is most likely already on your radar if you are a social media user, but just to reiterate: ‘FebruDairy’ is 28 days of showing the nation the high standards UK dairy farmers have in terms of animal welfare and hygiene on their farms and generally celebrating the industry.

 So where did this all come from?

In short; to battle image negativity! The farming community in general but particularly dairy farmers, get a lot of bad press which they do not necessarily deserve. Although the fundamentals are highly controversial and I whole-heartedly understand and to an extent agree with the ideology of veganism, I also believe that the time, devotion and care that so many farmers have for their animals is something that should not go unnoticed.

Like most vet students, I have now spent a pretty large proportion of my time on farms and have witnessed first-hand the love and care that goes into keeping the animals happy and healthy on a day-to-day basis. They are up at the crack of dawn and still outside when the sun sets, working tirelessly to ensure they’ve done everything in their power to make sure their animals have the best possible quality of life and the highest standard of welfare.

Regardless of whether or not you consume cow’s milk, be it for health or ethical reasons, everybody should take note of at least one ‘FebruDairy’ post this month and give the 28 days the chance to showcase the good work of our local farmers and the dedication that goes into putting food on the plates of themselves, the wider community, and their own animals.

Vet Student Blog 9 - ‘FebruDairy’