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Student honoured for Mycobacterium bovis study
University of Nottingham student wins award

A student at the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science has been awarded the MSD Animal Health Connect Bursary Award 2011 for his research project titled 'Detection of Mycobacterium bovis in UK sheep at slaughter using quantitative PCR.”

Derrick Fall, a fourth year student, studied samples taken from the lung-associated lymph nodes of ewes from three geographical locations. He sought to confirm if bovine TB could be detected using molecular analysis methods, and successfully demonstrated that amplification methods were accurate and sensitive enough to detect Mycobacterium bovis DNA in a range of positive samples.

Mr Fall was one of several students to receive the sum of £1000 towards their research projects. However, he was selected as the overall winner by a panel of judges from MSD Animal Health, and therefore received another £1000 and a trophy.

“I offer my warmest congratulations to Derrick and to all of the students who took part,” said MSD Research and Development Director Mike Francis. “Once again the judging panel was impressed by the quality and depth on information that each project delivered and by the level of technical competence and knowledge that each student demonstrated. By using a novel method of investigation, Derrick's project came to an interesting conclusion.”

MSD Animal Health Connect Bursaries were founded with the intention of providing students with the opportunity to undertake their own research projects. A secondary effect is to foster closer working relationships between the veterinary universities and industry.

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Zoo animals step on the scales for annual weigh-in

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 Squirrel monkeys, penguins and meerkats are just some of the animals that stepped on the scales on Thursday (22 August) for the start of ZSL London Zoo’s annual weigh-in.

The annual event gives keepers a chance to check the animals in their care are healthy, eating well and growing at the correct weight. Keepers say that a growing waistline can also help them to detect pregnancies, which is vital as many of the species at the zoo are endangered.

The data is then added to a database shared with zoos and conservationists across the globe. This helps keepers to compare information and provide better care for the species they are fighting to protect.  

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Professor Abdul Rahman announced as keynote speaker for BVA Members’ Day 2019

Celebrated Indian vet and parasitologist Professor Abdul Rahman is set to deliver the keynote speech at BVA Members’ Day 2019.

Professor Rahman will present his insights into the human behaviour challenges of controlling zoonotic disease in his talk: ‘A One Health approach to rabies elimination in Asia’. The talk will outline efforts to gain political support for dog vaccination programmes in China, as well as the need for a collaborative approach between vets, public health, livestock and animal welfare agencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, 19 September at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the BVA website as places are limited.