The BEVA Trust, the charitable arm of the British Equine Veterinary Association, is delighted to announce that it will be funding not only its largest project to date, but one that also has the potential to make a significant impact across the fields of education, veterinary science,  and equine welfare. The Trust will be funding a prestigious three-year Research Fellowship in Equine Science at the Selwyn College, University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine.

Selwyn College is delighted to collaborate with the Veterinary School in offering a promising researcher the opportunity to come to Cambridge University, and to improve the welfare of equids across the world. Selwyn College was founded in 1882, and has almost 400 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 60 Fellows. It has a long commitment to the training of veterinary students, provides a lively environment for its veterinary students throughout their pre-clinical and clinical studies, and also has a strong research culture amongst its fellows.

Research Fellowships are highly competitive appointments held by those who have already completed a PhD, and who have exceptional skills both as a scientist and as an educator.  The appointed fellow, based professionally in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, will conduct high quality scientific research studies, focusing on epidemiology or infectious disease; it is hope that the outcome will be important for the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in the developing world. Research findings will be communicated in peer reviewed publications, presentations, at CPD events, and presentations and seminars within the University.

The Fellow will also undertake a mentoring role both within the College and the Veterinary School.  “The Fellow will play an important role in undergraduate education through teaching, mentoring and guidance, and by promoting awareness of equine welfare,” states Professor Sandy Love, the BEVA Trust Chairman. The mentoring will encompass not only help with academic studies, but also guidance with extra mural studies placements. It is hoped that the Fellow will be able to contribute to the small-group teaching which is such a feature of undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. In addition the Fellow will be expected to be involved in class teaching or demonstrations in Department of Veterinary Medicine.

A major aspect of Fellowship is that it will include the promotion of the BEVA Trust and other equine welfare charities both in the UK and internationally.  The Fellow will be able to play a key role in promoting equine disease and welfare awareness among veterinary undergraduates, culminating in establishing a cohort of graduates with a life-long awareness of equine welfare.  It is hoped that these people will then assist directly, or indirectly via facilitating others, with equine welfare issues in the developing world over the course of their careers, thereby perpetuating the initial generosity of the BEVA Trust.

Further details can be downloaded from www.sel.cam.ac.uk/vacancies/research-posts/BEVA.html.  Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor James Wood in the Department of Veterinary Medicine (jlnw2@cam.ac.uk).  The closing date for applications is the 29th January 2010.  Interviews will be held on 26th February 2010.