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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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.