The students were given the opportunity to see and hear first-hand examples of the varied canine health and welfare work that the Kennel Club undertakes. And as well as spending a day in the thrilling atmosphere of Crufts, a particular highlight of this year’s sponsored trips were the International Canine Health Awards, supported by Metro Bank.
These prestigious awards recognise and reward the most innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students in the field today. Presented for work that is having a significant impact on the health and well-being of dogs, the awards were extremely inspirational to many of the students in attendance.
Student Emily Milodowski, Dr Elaine Ostrander and Dr Gustavo Aguirre were all presented with awards for recognition of their ground-breaking veterinary research. Bristol University student, Emily, was selected for the Student Inspiration Award due to her outstanding work into the prevalence and distribution of the Campylobacter bacteria in the canine intestine. Her next research project will be wound healing in dogs, to which the award fund has contributed £10,000.
“Agria is committed to supporting vets of the future in realising their full potential. The obvious talent amongst the group of vet students we met at Crufts 2013 was apparent, and we are proud to continue our relationship with them for a second year,” comments Ben Ashcroft, Marketing Executive of Agria.
Agria is the exclusive insurance provider to the Kennel Club. It is also one of the leading pet insurers in the world, as well as one of the oldest; writing its first animal policy in 1890. Today, Agria dominates Scandinavia and began insuring UK pets in 2009. The company is built on strong partnerships with vets, breeders and other divisions within the animal owning community.
Notes for editors:
Kennel Club 4 Free Puppy Insurance is administered by Agria Pet Insurance Ltd & underwritten by Agria International Forsakring AB. Agria is one of the leading animal insurers in the world, dominates the Scandinavian animal insurance sector, insured its first horse in 1890 & enjoys strong relations with vets, breeders & other animal organisations.
Image: (from L to R) Christian Romeril, National Veterinary Manager; Ben Ashcroft, Marketing Executive both representing Agria Pet Insurance, Dr Elaine Ostrander, Dr Gustavo Aguirre, Kennel Club Chairman Steve Dean and student Emily Milodowski.