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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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Art installation uses 15,000 discarded plastic bottles

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 London Zoo has unveiled a new art installation made from 15,000 discarded single-use plastic bottles, all of which were collected from London and its waterways. The installation, dubbed the Space of Waste, is 16ft tall and was created by the artist and architect Nick Wood. It houses information about plastic pollution and the small steps that everyone can take to tackle the issue.

Mr Wood commented: “Building this piece with ZSL was a satisfying challenge, as plastic bottles are not usually seen as a building material – recycling them into this structure, which will remain at ZSL London Zoo all summer, was a great way to turn the culprits themselves into a stark visual reminder of the worsening plastic problem in our city.” Image © David Parry/PAWIRE/ZSL 

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