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Dairy Show Celebrates Young Farm Vets With A New Award

Three young veterinary students have been short-listed for a prestigious new award, which will be presented at the Dairy Show next month.

The Dairy Farm Vet of the Future award was launched by the Royal Bath & West of England Society, in association with the Royal Veterinary College, London. It was devised to recognise the best veterinary students, who play such an important role in the industry later in life.

The Dairy Show

The Dairy Show

“The Bath & West Society, as a charity, has a long history of bringing new blood into the industry, as well in furthering the education and productivity of our nation’s farmers,” says Peter Clarke, a veterinary member of the dairy committee. “The dairy industry has long realised the importance of vets as part of the team – and only the best will do. We are looking for people who we think will turn into the best possible dairy farm vets of the future.”

All three finalists will be interviewed by a panel comprising vets, farmers, and a representative from sponsor BOCM Pauls. “We are looking for practicality, originality and that little of spark,” says Mr Clarke. The winner will receive £750 and a trophy, with each runner up getting £250.

John Fishwick, head of production and population health at the Royal Veterinary College, was one of the judges involved in selecting the final three students. “The College is delighted to be involved with this very prestigious award, which does so much to bring the farm veterinary surgeons of the future together with the farmers themselves,” he says.

“We have some excellent research projects done by our final year veterinary students and we are pleased to bring those before the panel to be judged by leading members of the farming industry - a very different panel to the veterinary academics who would have judged them at college. We see this as a tremendous way to showcase some of the excellent work our best new graduates have done.”

The three finalists are: Peter Siviter, who examined the different immune responses of cattle breeds; Rebecca Inman, who considered the effect of sole ulcers and white line disease on bone growth in dairy cows’ feet; and Chloe Garnett, who investigated the reliability of heart girth measurements for predicting body weight in pre-weaned dairy calves.

All three students will be invited to the Dairy Industry Dinner on the eve of the Dairy Show, and the award will be presented at the show on 2 October.

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