Luisa Smith, an equine vet from Essex, has received the BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award in recognition of her research on postoperative colic.

Luisa Smith, an equine vet from Essex, has received the BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award in recognition of her research on postoperative colic.

The research was conducted in conjunction with Tim Mair, also a practising vet, who received the award on Luisa’s behalf at BEVA Congress earlier this month.

Luisa SmithDr Smith of House and Jackson veterinary surgeons in Essex, won the award for her paper “Are horses that undergo an exploratory laparotomy for correction of a right dorsal displacement of the large colon predisposed to postoperative colic, compared to other forms of large colon displacement?” The paper was published in the January 2010 issue of Equine Veterinary Journal.

The award is given in memory of Richard Hartley, a founder member of BEVA and president from 1974-1975. It is awarded for evidence-based papers and the prize is intended to support travel of the senior author and/or co-authors.

Dr Smith said: “I am delighted that the work Tim and I have been conducting on incidences of post-operative colic has been recognised in this way – it is both a privilege and an honour to have won the Richard Hartley Award.”

Deidre Carson, outgoing president of BEVA, said: “Often this award is received by those in academic or research posts so we take particular pleasure in presenting it to a vet in general practice. Combining flagship research with the demanding day-to-day duties of a busy veterinary practice is commendable. This paper provides clinically applicable information for every vet who sees colic cases and needs to advise owners on the risks of surgery.”

Other awards were to Kenneth Hinchcliff (et al), dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, Australia, who received the BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale EVJ Open Award; Paul Jepson who received the BEVA Equine Welfare Award, sponsored by Blue Cross; Emma Nettleton, who received the BEVA Trust Queen Mother Award; and Margreet Ploeg of the University of Utrecht, who received the Voorjaarsdagen and BEVA Award.

For further information, visit www.beva.org.uk

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