Congratulations to the RVC recipients of Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Animal Welfare and Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships 2015 who presented their research at the UFAW Scholars conference yesterday at Writtle College in Chelmsford.
This year RVC students obtained 6 of the 18 scholarships awarded conducting a breadth of animal welfare research over the summer.
Alice Barrett (MSc WAB) presented her work with Dr Charlotte Burn on how visitor numbers and noise affect Sulawesi crested macaques and how signs might mitigate this. Emma King (BVetMed 5) presented her research with Dr Troy Gibson comparing effectiveness and humaneness of two different types of captive bolt stunners for turkeys. Holly Asquith-Barnes (BVetMed 5) also spoke on her work with Dr Troy Gibson investigating the effectiveness of thermal imaging as a non-invasive tool for identifying and monitoring arthritis in non-human primates. Helena Stokes (MSc WAB) spoke on her work with Dr Ayona Silva-Fletcher on nocturnal behaviour of orphaned elephant calves in Sri Lanka. Chantal Villeneuve (BVetMed 2) presented her work with Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe investigating evidence of jealousy in chickens. Edward Fullick (BVetMed 5) who has also been working with Dr Troy Gibson on incidence and associated welfare impacts of lead shot in game bird carcasses, will be presenting at next years’ conference.
All our students gave fantastic, professional and scientific talks and did RVC proud. Well done!