Cambridge Veterinary School student receives prestigious scholarship for research in Ethiopia

21 September 2017

Cambridge Veterinary School student Sara Robson was announced as the recipient of the Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship 2017 during an awards ceremony at the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Members’ Day in Belfast today (21 September). 

The Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship is awarded annually to a penultimate or final-year veterinary student or a recent graduate to support a piece of research, a veterinary or agricultural school visit, or another course of study overseas. 

Sara, a final-year student of veterinary medicine at Cambridge Veterinary School, has used the grant to support her project on the assessment of knowledge, attitude and practices towards bovine brucellosis of small-scale dairy farm and abattoir workers in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. Sara’s work forms part of the multidisciplinary Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) programme in Ethiopia, and contributes specifically to the Ethiopia Control of Bovine TB Strategies (ETHICOBOTS) project to consider the impact of brucellosis on farmers and on farming families. Sara is also one of this year’s recipients of the BVA Overseas Travel Grant, which supports undergraduate research projects that contribute to sustainable development and good animal welfare overseas.

Responding to the award, Sara said:

“I was very happy and proud to hear that I had received the Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Scholarship. The award enabled me to travel to Ethiopia where the project work was really interesting- I met so many lovely people and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a completely different culture. I am extremely grateful to the Harry Steele-Bodger fund trustees and the BVA for their support for this project.”

The Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Travel Scholarship was established in September 1953 to honour the memory of Henry W Steele-Bodger, President of the Association from 1939 to 1941, in recognition of his great services to the veterinary profession and agriculture, particularly during World War Two. 

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