Two veterinary students are preparing to head to foreign climes after winning exotic trips as part of the RVC Student Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) Global Nomadic essay competition.

Louise Dunsby
Essay winner Louise Dunsby presents her thoughts on the effect of Brexit on animal welfare protection in Britain and Europe. Photo: Oliver Dunham.

RVC veterinary medicine students Louise Dunsby and Rebekah Wright impressed judges with their presentations and analytical skills at the final of the awards, which took place at the RVC Camden campus in January.

The essay competition is organised by SAWS and open to students from all courses and year groups. This year, they were invited to submit an essay on the question “What could be the effect of Brexit on animal welfare protection in Britain and Europe?”

Six essays were shortlisted and the authors were invited to give a presentation on their findings.

Happy holidays

Miss Dunsby scooped first place and won a trip to the Cook Islands, while runner-up Miss Wright secured a stay in Guatemala.

Online community marketplace Global Nomadic, which connects people with NGO projects worldwide, donated the prizes.

Speaking about her win, Miss Dunsby said she was “surprised” but “couldn’t wait” to go on the trip.

She said: “I want to say a massive thank you to Global Nomadic and the Animal Welfare Society for this amazing opportunity – and to all my friends who listened to me practice.”

Miss Wright said: “I’m delighted the judges enjoyed my presentation so much and now look forward to my wildlife rehabilitation trip to Guatemala.”

Unique presentations

SAWS president Isabella McNally said they were “yet again overwhelmed” with essays of an exceptionally high standard.

She said: “The effects of Brexit in regards to animal welfare proved to be a controversial topic, yet the unique ways in which the students presented their arguments made judging a challenge.

“The winners all showed they had both excellent analytical writing and presenting skills, and we are very grateful to Global Nomadic for their generosity.”

Global Nomadic chief executive Jeremy Freedman said the company was very proud to have helped the fourth annual competition in conjunction with the RVC on the “very relevant” topic of Brexit and animal welfare.

From left: Tom Bunn (SAWS), RVC medical ethics lecturer Martin Whiting, Louise Dunsby, Sam Price (veterinary medicine student who came in third place), runner-up Rebekah Wright, Isabella McNally (SAWS) and Global Nomadic chief executive Jeremy Freedman. Photo: Oliver Dunham.
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