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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 2021 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 Awards 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.

Alysia Empert-Gallegos, was awarded the runner-up prize at the Research Bursary Awards Day in 2020 for her project on dog owner perspectives on the risks, benefits, and nutritional value of raw diets compared to commercial cooked diets. Her work has recently been published and can be found here.

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

Applications for the 2022 Veterinary Student Research Bursary will be open in March 2022. For any specific questions please contact us at msdahbursary@msd.com.

The successful applications for 2020 were:

  • Andrea Ang of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for her research into the co-localisation of Stylaria sp. and Myxidium streisingeri
  • Beth Thompson of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for her project on The role of TTC4 and HSP90 in replication of BoHV-1
  • Jack Rust from the University of Bristol for research into the effectiveness of a detergent-based California Milk Test, using Ethiopian and Nigerian domestic detergents, for the detection of high somatic cell counts in the milk of dairy cows
  • Georgie Everest of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for a project on the assessment of bovine alveolar macrophages and roles in immunity
  • Lauren Collins of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for research into the genetics of ‘hardiness’ in a short wool, dark faced native sheep breed, the Norfolk horn
Andrea Ang Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Andrea Ang
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Beth ThompsonRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Beth Thompson
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Jack RustUniversity of Bristol
Jack Rust
University of Bristol

Georgie EverestRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Georgie Everest
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Lauren CollinsRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Lauren Collins
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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