Seven lucky students from across UK veterinary schools have received an Animalcare Final Year Student Award for their contribution to their course and fellow students.
The award, organised by the titular animal health company, is now in its 20th year. Winners are selected from nominations from fellow classmates for the student contributing most to life at the veterinary faculty over the period of the course.
This year’s prize of £500, together with a personally engraved Keeler diagnostic set, was presented at each of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ admissions ceremonies across the schools by a representative from Animalcare.
At the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies the award went to Francesca Henzell, who was nominated by fellow students for her “valued contributions of time, energy, organisational skills and good humour towards organising various staff and student events throughout her time at the Dick Vet”.
Down in London, Russell Kenton was chosen as the winner for being an “active member” of several committees, as well as organising various student talks and social events. Russell is also “very academic and helpful to other students in his rotations group and outside”, said Animalcare.
At the University of Bristol, year representative Emily Rainbow was chosen as the winner. As this representative, she had the task of keeping the peace between students and staff, as well as juggling rotations, checks and on calls with various meetings, and end of term reports required, with ease.
Back in Scotland at the University of Glasgow, the top vet student was chosen as Lydia Kerridge. Super organiser Lydia said Animalcare has been “consistently involved in all aspects of vet student life”.A year representative in both the fifth and sixth years, she voiced student opinions to senior members of staff and also took on the organisation for the yearbook, graduation ball and Christmas dinner in the final year. She has also helped the group of vet students become a “cohesive and sociable” unit.
Sophie Thornton was chosen as the winner at the University of Liverpool for her efforts as a year representative. She also played a “major role” in organisation of various social events throughout the course including the graduation ball.
Finally, at the University of Nottingham, Alexandra McDaniel was nominated for her participation in learning community forum meetings and school politics, where she voiced the opinions of her year group and distributed the information to the class. According to her fellow students, Alex is hard working and dedicated to her responsibilities – even during the final year where, despite the class being split up across the country, she still kept everyone updated with information on the course and employment opportunities.
In addition to receiving the award, winners are invited to write an article for publication about their experiences in their first few months of practice.