The 2011 Merial Applied Equine Research Award was presented to Anthony Blikslager of North Carolina State University during the opening ceremony of the 12th Congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association.

The 2011 Merial Applied Equine Research Award was presented to Anthony Blikslager of North Carolina State University during the opening ceremony of the 12th Congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association.

The prestigious award recognises outstanding research conducted in a specific field of applied equine science over the past five years.

L-R: Tim Greet (WEVA President), Dr Anthony Blikslager (award winner) and Dr Hoyt Cheramie (Merial)The 2011 award specifically honours advances in pain management of horses. Prof Blikslager was selected by an international panel, chaired by Prof David Hodgson of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Prof Hodgson said: “Dr Blikslager has a distinguished career as a world class researcher. He has conducted seminal studies on colic with particular focus on pain control. As such he is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”

Dr Blikslager said: “I am very grateful to WEVA and Merial for this award – it means so much to be recognised by fellow veterinarians in this way.”

Speaking to the conference delegates on recent advances in equine pain management, Dr Blikslager described his work on butorphanol, lidocaine and coxibs. He discussed in particular why selective coxibs, such as firocoxib, have the potential to decrease side effects.   

On behalf of Merial, Dr Hoyt Cheramie said: “Merial is privileged to partner with WEVA and recognises the contributions made by Dr Blikslager to equine medicine and welfare.”

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