The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched a scheme with the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine to develop links between veterinary students, horse owners and its work.
Each academic year, a student from the veterinary school will be appointed “BHS Veterinary Student Champion”. They will raise awareness of both organisations and explore how each can benefit from the work and expertise of the other.
The inspiration for the initiative came from Teresa Hollands, senior teaching fellow in veterinary nutrition at the University of Surrey.
She said: “Veterinary universities provide an amazing opportunity for the work of the BHS to be promoted to a new and important audience.
“Equally exciting will be the sharing of research being undertaken by veterinary universities and the dissemination of this knowledge to members. We are proud to be part of this initiative and look forward to working with the BHS.”
The inaugural champion is Mariella Savage from West Sussex. Mariella, who is in her first year of studying veterinary medicine at the university, was one of many to apply for the role.
She said: “I was keen to help create a bridge between my university and the BHS. I feel it will really benefit us as veterinary students, as well as enabling us to share our experiences and the knowledge we are gaining with BHS members.”
BHS welfare education officer Emmeline Hannelly believes the scheme will have many benefits. She said: “In partnership with Mariella, we hope to provide lots of interesting and informative articles and advice to our members.”