The University of Liverpool has named Richard Birtles and Gina Pinchbeck as winners of the 2008 Marbocyl AchievementAwards.

Award winners Gina Pinchbeck and Richard Birtles 2008 was the third and final year of the Marbocyl Achievement Awardsprogramme which was launched to celebrate the 10th anniversary ofMarbocyl in the UK. The awards were made at the university’s annual Research Seminar in March.

The university divided its award into pre-clinical and clinical sectors, with the pre-clinical award going to Dr Birtles, who gave a presentation at the seminar on “Seven year itch: what I know and what I want to know about fleas, ticks, bugs and voles” – a result of seven years work at Liverpool which ties together his interests in a disparate range of subjects.

The clinical award was presented to Dr Pinchbeck who gave a presentation entitled “Horses for courses: Applications of quantitative epidemiology to improve equine health and welfare”, in which she described her work in equine epidemiology in a variety of settings, outlining some of the different methodological and analytical approaches taken to address diverse issues in equine welfare.

Dr Birtles and Dr Pinchbeck were presented with their awards of £1,000 on behalf of the dean, Malcolm Bennett.

Professor Bennett said: “I am delighted to highlight Richard’s and Gina’s achievements with this award. We are very grateful to Vetoquinol for funding the Marbocyl Awards Scheme over the past three years. It has given us an excellent opportunity to recognise and reward the hard work of both students and staff.”

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