This October we were delighted to support the Future Dairy Vet of the Year Awards, run by the Bath and West of England Society, and Mike Steele MRCVS, an experienced ruminant vet and our very own technical director, was one the judges.
With finalists from Nottingham University Vet School and the Royal Veterinary College, all producing award worthy research in their chosen ruminant subjects the judging process was not an easy job for Mike and his fellow judges.
Sophie Wilson was eventually selected as winner from those that made the finals, following an interview process by the panel of judges.
Sophie’s project on the pathogenesis of claw horn disease focused on imaging the bone in cows’ feet by using an ultrasound probe, comparing sound and lame feet. “Whilst the project showed that ultrasound wasn’t the ideal thing to use as a technology, this is what science and research is all about: publishing that something DOESN’T work is just as important as publishing what does. Sophie showed her persistence, and her writing up of the experiment was outstanding.
Sophie also demonstrated a broad knowledge of the industry as a whole (Dairy): not surprising seeing as her husband and her own a dairy farm, but we considered that she still used this knowledge to its advantage where she could have concentrated purely on the veterinary aspect”. Now graduated as a vet, Sophie practises at NorCal Vets in Oxfordshire.
The other finalists were: Freddie Watchorn (Nottingham University Vet School), currently working for Farm Vet Solutions (Rutland Vets), Katie Harrower (Royal Veterinary College, London), currently working for Fenton Vets, Haverfordwest and Rosanna Kirkwood (another from Nottingham University Vet School), currently working for ARMAC Vet Group, Biggar.
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