£12,000 Worth of Vet Bursary Funds Awarded

Jonathan Statham from Bishopton Veterinary Group Three UK vets have received £4,000 each from MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) to finance field-based ruminant research projects. The Ruminant Research Bursary award is designed to encourage practical on-farm research related to ruminant disease challenges that significantly impact on the profitability of UK livestock.

Jonathan Statham from Bishopton Veterinary Group in North Yorkshire, Rachel Clifton from the University of Warwick and Andrea Turner from the University of Bristol were presented with their cheques at the BCVA Congress last month. Their project findings will be presented at a future BCVA Congress.

Previous winner of the award Kathryn Hart says: “The ruminant research bursary provides vets in practice with a fantastic opportunity to undertake practical field study work in to a subject you are passionate about. All-too-often veterinary research tends to focus on the needs of the scientific establishment rather than farmers. It also gives you an edge with clients. When talking to farmers it’s so much better to be drawing on findings of practical investigations you have done personally. Farmers really do appreciate this applied scientific insight into health issues they are managing on a day-to-day basis.”

MSD Animal Health is now inviting applications for 2016 funding with two ruminant research bursaries available specifically for field study projects in the cattle youngstock arena.

Vets interested in applying have until 31 December 2015 to submit a project proposal. To register your interest and for further information e-mail: abc@abccomms.co.uk