WUC showcases students’ work at veterinary conference

October 2019

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Dissertations created by Writtle University College (WUC) students reached an international audience in October 2019. Five sets of research were placed on display in Verona, Italy at the 16th World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Conference.

WEVA works to advance the health and welfare of horses worldwide by promoting and offering continuing education for equine practitioners.

Dr Roberta Ferro de Godoy, a Senior Lecturer Veterinary Physiotherapy and Equine Science at WUC attended WEVA’s conference from 3rd to 5th October 2019 and arranged to showcase the research.

Dr Ferro de Godoy said: “All five students created outstanding dissertations that displayed in-depth knowledge of their chosen subjects. WEVA’s conference offered an excellent chance to showcase their abilities to a global audience of equine professionals. All five posters were well received and one work was shortlisted for the Applied Research Award.”

Work from one BSc Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation student and four Integrated Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy students was featured at the Conference:

  • Judit Aulinas Coll: Research on core strengthening exercises in horses. 12-weeks of the exercises improved symmetry of movement.
  • Hope Jameson: A comparison of the biomechanics in shod and unshod horses. Both conditions have benefits and drawbacks.
  • Emily Hopkins: A comparison of the pressure under horses’ nosebands, considering how the tightness affects movement. Emily proved that a tight noseband causes excessive pressure on the horse’s face and has a negative impact on the way of going.
  • Stacie Whitrod: Tests of different training aids and their impact on horses’ movement and the function of back muscles.
  • Katie Akers: Tests of flat poles and raised poles as tools for rehabilitation in horses. The results have shown that raised poles are more beneficial.

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