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MSD Animal Health Research Bursary for Veterinary Students

Research is essential for the welfare of animals and the future of the veterinary profession. The 2020 MSD Animal Health Research Bursary is now closed for  applications from veterinary students.

The MSD Animal Health Research Bursary for Veterinary Students grants the opportunity to 5 veterinary students within the UK to win an award of £1,000 for their research project.  All bursary recipients will be invited to present their research conclusions at the annual MSD Animal Health Research Bursary Award day.  The two best research projects presented on the day will also be awarded a further £1,000 top prize and a £500 runner-up prize respectively. The two winners will also be encouraged to present their findings at a relevant UK veterinary conference. This will be facilitated by MSD Animal Health with funding of hotel accommodation, delegate registration and a further award of £500.

Applications for the 2021 Veterinary Student Research Bursary will open in March 2021.

The judging criteria for the research project applications are:
•    Quality and clarity of the research project application
•    The realistic aspirations of the proposed research project
•    The project’s potential value in terms of clinical relevance, and its societal/welfare impact
•    The originality of the research project

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The successful applications for 2019 were Alysia Empert-Gallegos of the University of Glasgow for her project on owner perspectives of canine feeding raw animal diets;  Emily Freeman of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for her research into helminth co-infection relationships between livestock and wildlife in rural Kenya; Jia Ni Goh from the University of Nottingham for research into the characterisation of multi-drug resistance in coliforms isolated from sheep feet in response to multiple footbath treatments; Kriti Saxena of the Royal Veterinary College for a project on the comparison of the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in faecal e.coli from organic and non-organic broiler chicken farms in England; and Sarah Eikenbusch of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for research into bovine tuberculosis – an eradication trial in Wales.

Emily FreemanRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Emily Freeman
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Alysia Empert-GallegosUniversity of Glasgow
Alysia Empert-Gallegos
University of Glasgow
Jia Ni GohUniversity of Nottingham
Jia Ni Goh
University of Nottingham