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11 July 2017

MSD Animal Health Announces Ruminant Vet Bursary Award Winner

Milton Keynes, July 11, 2017 – MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has announced the two vet surgeons to win its Bursary Awards for research in 2017. Davinia Hinde of Bainbridge Vets in North Yorkshire and Dan Griffiths of Paragon Vet Group in Carlisle have each won awards in support of their ruminant research projects. The bursary applications were submitted under the 2016 MSD Animal Health Ruminant Research Bursary Awards for research to be carried out in 2017.

Davinia Hinde, Bainbridge Vets, North Yorkshire
Davinia’s study is looking into the nutritional status of ewes before lambing, to investigate the diagnostic value in ‘sheep side’ testing versus sending samples to an external laboratory. It aims to help build relationships between sheep farmers and their veterinary surgeons at a critical point in the year.

Davinia graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and moved into mixed practice in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2015 she became the second person to achieve the certificate in advanced veterinary practice in sheep health and production, and she is recognised as an Advanced Practitioner in sheep by the RCVS.

Dan Griffiths, Paragon Vet Group, Carlisle
Dan’s study aims to quantify the effects of the use of calf jackets in reducing energy lost to heat production. This will potentially provide higher levels of available energy, impacting on disease levels, mortality rates, antibiotic usage and growth rates in the pre-weaning period. It aims to provide cattle practitioners with the quantifiable effects needed to calculate cost benefit analyses on the use of calf jackets on farms where the measured parameters are known.

Graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2005, Dan spent 5 years in mixed practice followed by 5 years as a field based ruminant technical veterinary manager. He gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health from University College Dublin and is an RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner in Cattle Health and Production. In 2016 he returned to practice as a large animal vet where his time is split between first opinion, consultancy and trial work.

Paul Williams, Technical Manager, Ruminant Business Unit, MSD Animal Health adds: “We are always impressed with the high levels of applications we receive from the veterinary profession and these two projects have the potential to add new insights and improve our understanding of animal health. We’re therefore delighted to be supporting their progress and that of the veterinary surgeons of the future.”

MSD Animal has recently relaunched its Research Bursary scheme to include awards for both vet students and practitioners. The existing MSD Animal Health Connect Bursary and Ruminant Research Bursary have been combined into the new MSD Animal Health Research Bursary. The student arm of the new Research Bursary 2017 will award £1,000 to the five best research project applications received from veterinary students across all UK veterinary schools, with an opportunity for an additional £1,000 top prize and £500 runner-up prize. The veterinary surgeon arm of the Research Bursary 2017 will offer three awards, consisting of two ruminant awards and one companion animal award, of up to £4,000 each. For further information go to www.msd-animal-health.co.uk/researchbursary.aspx.