Dogs Trust and Cats Protection announce winners of the Extra Mural Studies (EMS) Awards.

[L-R] Dogs Trust chief executive Adrian Burder, Dogs Trusts finalists Rachel Wright, Charlotte Rutter and Lisa Graham and Dogs Trust vet director Paula Boyden. Image © Dogs Trust.

The EMS awards, now in their fourth year, recognise student vets who have shed light on a particular cat or dog topic while on placement with the charities.

Each year veterinary students are invited to apply for work placements at the organisations. Afterwards they submit a report regarding a cat or dog related issue they have looked at, which are then judged.

The Dogs Trust award went to Charlotte Rutter, while Gaenor Griffiths scooped the Cats Protection award.

This year, 70 students applied to Dogs Trust hoping to take part in the EMS scheme. In total 38 were given work experience placements with Dogs Trust while Cats Protection welcomed 12 students. Participants spent time getting hands-on experience with both veterinary and behavioural teams.

Director of veterinary services at Cats Protection Maggie Roberts said: “Every year we find it difficult to judge the entries we receive for the EMS Awards as they’re always of such a high standard. This year was no exception and I want to thank all the veterinary students who participated in this year’s EMS Awards.”

Gaenor Griffiths, whose report looked at the role of population control for the health and welfare of cats in the UK and the importance of timely prepubertal neutering, said: “I am delighted to have won this award. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement with Cats Protection and felt that it gave me a real insight into the important work that animal charities undertake, and the role that vets play in improving the health and welfare of the thousands of animals that pass through shelters each year.”

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