Feline Elective Students win national awards

Two University of Bristol final year vet students who have been training in our Feline Centre have won prestigious national awards from Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity.

Alicia Jones won the national competition for her article about minimising the stress of cats in rescue and rehoming centres.

She said: “I am thrilled to be presented with this award. During my time at the charity’s National Cat Centre in Sussex it was a pleasure to see many of the practical methods of reducing stress for cats in rehoming centres in action. Cats are solitary beings and not used to confinement with large numbers of others, so minimising the unavoidable stress they face while going through the rescue and rehoming process is vital.”

Runner-up Hayley McFarlane produced a report called “Feline shelter medicine principles for the vet in general practice”.

To find out more about the awards, click here to be re-directed to a news article on the Cats Protection website.

Dr Séverine Tasker, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine from our Feline Centre, said: “Congratulations to both Alicia and Hayley on their much-deserved awards.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah Elliott and the team at Cats Protection Bridgend for the visit they kindly organised for our final year feline elective students. We were given a tour of the centre to see how it was run and Sarah delivered an excellent seminar on shelter medicine. The students learnt a lot and it was an enjoyable day.”

Pictured: Sarah Elliott from Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre presented Alicia (top) and Hayley (below) with their awards during a visit this week (Tuesday, 26 April).

Hayley McFarlane runner-up in national award