Postgraduate success at international congress

Postgraduate success at international congress

Last updated 3 January 2013

POSTGRADUATE students from the Royal Veterinary College dominated the awards received at a recent prestigious international congress.
The group of five were named as award winners at the congress of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - companion animals, which took place in Maastricht.

Melanie Hezzell's award was for the best oral abstract in the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology (ESVC) presentations given by a young researcher or resident. The abstract that led to Melanie's award was entitled 'Treatment of dogs with compensated degenerative mitral valve disease with spironolactone'.

Cardiology specialist-in-training Kieran Borgeat received second prize from the ESVC for his oral abstract entitled 'Arterial Thromboembolism in 242 Cats Presenting to First-Opinion Practice: 2004 to 2012'.

Shubhro Chakrabarti, a PhD student within the cardiovascular research group, won an award for the best abstract in the feline medicine stream. The title of Shubhro's abstract was 'Urinary Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor as a Prognostic Marker in Feline Chronic Kidney Disease'.

Silke Schmitz, another doctoral researcher within the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, won an award for presenting one of the best two oral gastrointestinal research abstracts. The title of her abstract was: 'Effect on gene expression and protein production in duodenal biopsies of dogs with and without inflammatory bowel disease by ex-vivo culture with Enterococcus faecium'.

Rebecca Geddes, a PhD researcher, won third prize from the European Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology for her abstract entitled 'Survival of cats with newly diagnosed chronic kidney disease is associated with plasma fibroblast growth factor 23 concentration'.

Finally Kristine Jensen, a veterinary specialist-in-training within the Internal Medicine Service, received the European Society of Veterinary Endocinology’s award for best endocrine abstract for her submission 'Physiology and diagnostic potential of serum ghrelin in cats with diabetes mellitus and hypersomatotropism'.

Commenting on the success of the postgraduates, Professor David Church, RVC Vice-Principal for academic and clinical affairs, said: “We are all extremely proud of our veterinary specialists-in-training and PhD students who won awards at the congress. Their success is testament to their hard work and commitment and that of senior staff supervising them at the College.

“The RVC is a global leader in the field of internal medicine and it is great to see that reflected in the number of awards presented at this prestigious congress to RVC postgraduates ”