Jo­hanna’s mas­tered top vet­eri­nary study

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

SHARON LIPTROTT Jo­hanna Forsyth from Gate­house of Fleet is the first stu­dent to have been awarded a BSAVA Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Vet­eri­nary Re­search.

A vet­eri­nary ad­vi­sor for di­ag­nos­tic lab­o­ra­tory Avacta Animal Health, she con­ducted her Mas­ters study ‘Co-re­ac­tiv­ity between re­lated and un­re­lated en­vi­ron­men­tal al­ler­gens in equine al­ler­gen-specific IgE sero­log­i­cal test­ing’ along­side her job, over a pe­riod of two years.

Jo­hanna grad­u­ated with a dis­tinc­tion and was pre­sented with her Mas­ters by BSAVA out­go­ing pres­i­dent, Philip Lher­mette.

She says she chose the BSAVA mas­ters be­cause of the flex­i­bil­ity it of­fered as she jug­gled stud­ies with work and family life.

Jo­hanna said: “Co-re­ac­tiv­ity is important for all prac­ti­tion­ers not just equine clin­i­cians. Know­ing when a sec­ond al­ler­gen may be in­volved is use­ful in get­ting atopic animals un­der control.

“The sup­port the BSAVA of­fered was fan­tas­tic. They were very wel­com­ing and clearly want to pro­mote good ev­i­dence and re­search. It has given me a lot more con­fi­dence when look­ing at sci­en­tific papers and crit­i­cally eval­u­at­ing them.

Lu­cie Goodwin, head of ed­u­ca­tion at the BSAVA, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have our first grad­u­ate from the Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Vet­eri­nary Re­search. Jo has worked ex­tremely hard to com­bine her stud­ies along­side her job and to com­plete her project within two years; she fully de­serves the award she has ob­tained.”

The BSAVA Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Vet­eri­nary Re­search is de­signed pri­mar­ily for vet­eri­nary sur­geons work­ing in small animal clin­i­cal prac­tice or clin­i­cal train­ing pro­grammes, with a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and solving of prob­lems through clin­i­cal re­search. The Mas­ters course is flex­i­ble and com­bines on­line learn­ing and a work­place-based clin­i­cal re­search project so stu­dents can con­tinue work­ing through­out the course.

En­rolled stu­dents study part­time at a pace that suits them; the course may be com­pleted within two years or be ex­tended to a max­i­mum of five years. The Mas­ters is ac­cred­ited through Nottingham Trent Univer­sity and will carry 180 cred­its at Level 7.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the BSAVA Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Vet­eri­nary Re­search open in Oc­to­ber for the 2020 in­take.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www.bsava.com/Ed­u­ca­tion/ Mas­ters

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