Holly Asquith-Barnes, a final year BVetMed student was awarded an Animal Welfare Student Scholarship from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), a Zebra Foundation grant from the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) and a Captive Care grant from the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB) to support her RP2 project. Her project is entitled ‘Assessing the effectiveness of infrared thermal imaging in the identification of arthritic conditions in non-human primates – a tool for improving welfare’.
Holly is an experienced primate keeper and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and spoken at conferences about primate management, conservation and development. Her RP2 project is looking at the benefits of using infrared thermal imaging to identify and diagnose arthritis in captive primates.
The UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship programme, which aims to encourage students to develop their interests in animal welfare and to provide them with an opportunity to conduct relevant research projects.
The BVZS Zebra Foundation for Zoological Education grants are offered with the aim of helping students or practicing vets to extend their knowledge of zoological medicine. Eligible projects must lead to an advance in zoological medicine or contribute to the training of an applicant in a specific discipline.
The PSGB Captive Care grants are awarded to assist research of benefit to primate welfare in captivity, and to assist education projects about captive primate welfare.