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BSAVA awards cutting edge research
BSAVA Congress delegates gathered in the foyer of the Barclaycard Arena for the annual clinical abstract and poster presentation.

2016 clinical abstract award winners receive their prizes

BSAVA Congress delegates gathered in the foyer of the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, this afternoon (7 April) for the annual clinical abstract and poster presentation.

Following
congress, BSAVA awards a prize to the best Clinical Abstract presentation in a variety of categories. The winners receive their prize at the following year’s Congress. 

Russell Kenton won the Medical Award for his study of the shock index in cats with hypoperfusion. Russell, who graduated from the RVC in 2014, completed the project during his internship at Langford Veterinary Services. He is currently studying for his PhD in Molecular Immunology at the University of Bristol.

RVC graduate Rhiannon Strickland took home the Surgery Award for a study of post-attenuation neurological signs in dogs with congenital portosystemic shunts. After two years of mixed practice in Cornwall, Rhiannon undertook a small animal clinical training scholarship at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.

Christopher Little, a small animal clinician, won the Practitioner Award for his investigation into cats presenting with dyspnoea. Christopher has an RCVS diploma in veterinary cardiology and also has a PhD from the University of Bristol.

Small animal vet Madeleine Totham received the Poster Award for her survey on the awareness and approach towards feline injection site sarcomas. She was awarded the ISFM prize for Feline Medicine for her project on feline injection-site sarcomas on which her poster was based.

Each winner was presented with their certificate and a £300 prize. To read the full abstracts visit http://www.bsavacongress.com/Programme/Clinical-Abstracts.

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HM The Queen opens new centre for elephant care

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 HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has officially unveiled ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Centre for Elephant Care.

Set amidst 30 acres of rolling paddocks, the custom-designed Centre for Elephant Care is the new home for the Zoo’s herd of nine Asian elephants.

The Centre will provide more than 700m² of indoor space and contains an array of elephant-friendly features, including dimming lights to mimic night-time and one metre-deep soft sand flooring.  

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The Better Returns Programme manual, Using Medicines Correctly for Better Returns, outlines the key principles when using medicines on the farm.

It includes making sure the medicine and correct dose is used at the right time, and that it is stored and administered correctly. It also explains the importance of using antibiotics and anthelmintics responsibly to avoid the build up of resistance.