A student from the Royal Veterinary College has been awarded a prize for her report on comparing strongyle parasites in domestic horses, Grévy’s zebra and plains zebra in Kenya.

Alexis Pridmore was given £50 for her project, chosen as the best of those part-funded by the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Overseas Travel Grants scheme.

All students awarded travel grants by the BVA Overseas Group are asked to submit a report on their studies.

Other award winners were:

  • Marise Curran (University of Nottingham) who visited Morocco to establish clinical guidelines for the treatment of equine colic in developing countries
  • Sam Greenaway (University of Cambridge) for work evaluating the use of the short-form Glasgow Composite Measure Pain Scale in street dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy in Jaipur, India
  • Abigail Waddington (University of Nottingham) who is in India working on a project on rabies control in community dogs in Goa

Chair of the BVA Overseas Group Adele Williams said Miss Pridmore’s report won the top prize as the group felt she had “gained the most from the travel grant both personally and in terms of the research carried out”.

“The main report is incredibly thorough and scientific, and her short summary is very accessible for those wanting an overview. We were delighted to award the £50 prize to Alexis.

“We were also very pleased with the overall quality of the reports from our travel grant recipients,” she continued. “It is fantastic to see how the grant has made such an impact both in terms of the students’ learning and progress, and in terms of the excellent work being carried out in the developing world.”

Applications for 2015’s awards will open in autumn 2014 with the criteria for the scheme set to widen beyond students in their clinical years to cover all veterinary students.

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