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NOAH rewards top students during online event
Hafina John achieved the highest score out of all 51 students who took the exam in 2019.

Highest scorers recognised by animal health organisation

In its first ever virtual presentation, the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) honoured the top scoring students who obtained the NOAH Certificate of Animal Health (NCAH) in 2019.

The NCAH qualification is accredited by Harper Adams University (HAU) and provides animal medicines representatives with the knowledge and legal understanding to effectively support prescribers and sellers of animal medicines in compliance with the NOAH Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines.

Fifty-one students took the exam at HAU in 2019. Overall, the highest scoring student was Hafina John (pictured) from Dechra Veterinary Products. She said: “It was a great opportunity to boost confidence and technical understanding but also to reaffirm responsibilities, particularly in relation to the legal framework. I am proud to have achieved the NCAH, the qualification is a testament to the high standards across the animal health industry.”

Second place went to Maggie Watt from Ceva Animal Health and third place was Louis Burch, also from Dechra Veterinary Products. The winners were revealed by NOAH chair Jamie Brannan during the virtual event on 1 October.

Donal Murphy, head of international and regulatory affairs at NOAH said: “In what has proved to be a very challenging year, we are happy that we still had a way to honour the achievements of our top students for 2019. We are also pleased that we have agreed a way forward with HAU about virtual learning and qualification, for our next group of students, to start in before too long.”

Image (c) NOAH.

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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit 

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Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.