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An equine vet from Essex has received an award from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

Dr Luisa Smith received the BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award in recognition of her research on post-operative colic.

Dr Smith of House and Jackson vets in Essex, won the award for her paper on the subject which was published in the January 2010 issue of Equine Veterinary Journal.

The award is given in memory of Richard Hartley, a founder member of BEVA and president from 1974-1975.

It is intended to support travel of the senior author and/or co-authors.

Dr Smith said she was “delighted” and that receiving the award was both a “privilege” and “honour”.

Deidre Carson, outgoing president of BEVA, added: “Often this award is received by those in academic or research posts so we take particular pleasure in presenting it to a vet in general practice.

“Combining flagship research with the demanding day-to-day duties of a busy veterinary practice is commendable. This paper provides clinically applicable information for every vet who sees colic cases and needs to advise owners on the risks of surgery.”

For more information visit: www.beva.org.uk