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Think FRESH to Help Prevent Colic

The BHS and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey collaborated on an educational resource as part of the Stewart Hastie Veterinary Student Champion scheme.

  • Last reviewed: 29th July 2022

In this exciting collaboration, third year veterinary students at the University produced evidence-based infographics on colic, one of the most common emergency call outs for equine vets. The aim is to help provide advice and support to horse owners/carers on minimising risks of this painful and potentially severe condition.

The students were in with a chance of their entry being designed and used as an educational resource by the BHS. The BHS were delighted to have the support of two judges, Dr Jane Nixon (BSc MA Vet MB MRCVS) and Professor Sarah Freeman (BVetMed PhD CertVA CertVR CertES ECVS FHEA FRCVS). The winning design was by Suzie Bedford, who created the acronym ‘FRESH’ to highlight the different steps horse owners can take to help prevent colic.

 

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