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Animal Welfare Student Scholars’ Meeting 2010

cat writingWednesday 8th December 2010

University of Glasgow,
Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH

'Snow show'

Despite the hostile weather conditions, the 12th of these annual meetings where students awarded animal welfare (previously vacation) scholarships present their findings, took place at the University of Glasgow on the 8th December, albeit in a truncated form. With Scotland and parts of the UK experiencing travel chaos caused by unusually heavy snow, and arctic temperatures of -12oC and below, and with many airports and roads shut, UFAW was forced to advise scholars not to travel to the meeting unless they had already set out. Nonetheless, five brave souls managed to battle through the conditions and the ‘select’ audience that had been able to join them were treated to some excellent presentations. Indeed, two of those who talked had the furthest distance to travel of all, with Josep Subirana flying in from Barcelona to talk about his work on assessing pain in dogs in neutering programmes in developing countries and Saara Maria Hiippala, a student at the link institution the Estonian University of Life Sciences, talking about the assessment of diagnostic methods for canine monocytic ehrlichiosis amongst the stray dogs of Sri Lanka.

We would like to extend our thanks to all the UFAW animal welfare student scholars who were able to attend and to the staff and students of the Veterinary School at Glasgow who provided an audience for the talks. A special thanks goes to Dr Dorothy McKeegan whose warm welcome and hospitality was much appreciated.