An undergraduate student from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences has been awarded £300 by Burgess Pet Care for her case study on an injured guinea pig.

Amy Peel received her prize from the pet food manufacturer after entering a competition that required students from the university to write a case study about an injured small animal, detailing its condition/illness, a prognosis and treatment plan, and the eventual outcome of the case.
Amy’s case study was based around the increasing number of guinea pigs contracting ophthalmic diseases – in particular, her 12-week-old guinea pig that had to have surgery to clear an infection in its eye.
Suzanne Moyes, veterinary manager at Burgess Pet Care, presented Amy with her £300 prize money and certificate at Bristol Zoo on February 13. 
Suzanne said: “We would like to congratulate Amy on her fantastic case study and resulting treatment plan. She was chosen as our winner as her case study was very well written, contained excellent photos and was overall a very interesting case.
“We are very proud to hold these competitions as it is important to us to encourage younger people to become involved in every aspect of the veterinary industry.”

Amy, who is spending the £300 prize money on a fancy new house for her two guinea pigs, said: “Writing this case study has not only improved the life of my guinea pig, but also furthered my learning outside of the lecture theatre.”

The competition was piloted at the University of Bristol, however this year’s competition will be open to veterinary students from universities across the UK.

As well as awarding Amy with her prize, Suzanne proudly presented a stack of sponsored library books to Bristol Zoo Gardens. These books will be used by Bristol veterinary students to further their knowledge in the areas of rabbit, rodent and exotic pet medicine.

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