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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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RCVS carries out annual VN CPD audit

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 The RCVS is carrying out its annual veterinary nurse CPD audit and has sent out requests for the CPD records of more than 1,100 nurses this week.

Under the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct, nurses are required to carry out at least 45 hours of CPD over a rolling three-year period. This year, 1,130 nurses have been asked to share their records from 2016-2018 to show that they have complied with the requirements.

Earlier this year, the VN Council decided to expedite the referral process for nurses who have not complied with the CPD requirement for three or more years. In such cases nurses will have their records sent to the CPD Referral Group. 

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Kew Gardens seeking vets for Ethnoveterinary Medicine Project

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The Ethnoveterinary Medicine Project is aiming to record the remaining knowledge from across the British Isles, before it disappears.

Visit the Kew Gardens website for more information or email to share data.