The British Horse Society (BHS) has teamed up with the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine to launch a new scheme to develop links between veterinary students, horse owners and the work of the BHS.
Each academic year, a student from the veterinary school will be appointed ‘BHS Veterinary Student Champion’. The Student Champion will raise awareness of the two organisations, and explore how each one can benefit from the work and expertise of the other.
The inspiration for the initiative came from Dr Teresa Hollands, Senior Teaching Fellow in Veterinary Nutrition. “Veterinary universities provide an amazing opportunity for the work of the BHS to be promoted to a new and important audience,” she said. “Equally exciting will be the sharing of research being undertaken by veterinary universities and the dissemination of this knowledge to members. We are proud to be part of this initiative and look forward to working with the BHS”.
The inaugural ‘Veterinary Student Champion’ is Mariella Savage from West Sussex. Mariella, who is in her first year of studying veterinary medicine at the University, was one of many to apply for the role. Her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm made her the perfect choice.
Speaking of the appointment, she said: “I was keen to help create a bridge between my University and The British Horse Society. I feel it will really benefit us as veterinary students, as well as enabling us to share our experiences and the knowledge we are gaining with BHS members.
Emmeline Hannelly, BHS Welfare Education Officer, believes the scheme will have many benefits: “In partnership with Mariella we hope to provide lots of interesting and informative articles and advice to our members”.