BSAS Undergraduate Thesis of the Year Award winner – Phoebe Abrahams

07 Oct 2020

Phoebe Abrahams is the winner of our first ever BSAS Undergraduate Thesis of The Year Award, for her fascinating dissertation titled: Free-roaming dog population management: The operative and post-operative health and welfare implications associated with dogs undergoing vasectomy versus orchiectomy in catch neuter return intervention programmes.

Phoebe’s ground-breaking study which was undertaken while completing an Undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of Leeds, recognised for the first time in non-human animals that surgery duration increased as surgeons fatigued.  The increased surgery duration carried out later in the intervention period led to greater recovery times.  While the ramifications with the post-operative assessment protocol, highlighted the need to develop a robust free-roaming dog-specific health and welfare assessment for further investigation. The judging panel felt that Phoebe’s dissertation exemplified excellence in all aspects: the quality of the science, the writing, and the potential applications for the enhancement of animal welfare.

Following the successful completion of her undergraduate degree, Phoebe has just taken an exciting step towards achieving her ultimate career goal of becoming a farm vet, by starting a Graduate Entry Veterinary Science Degree at Bristol University. While writing her thesis, Phoebe was also incredibly inspired by the world of research and feels that this is an aspect of animal science that she would like to explore further in the future, by carrying out more extensive research into the field of free-roaming dogs.

“I’m very grateful for the unanimous vote of the committee in recognising my hard work, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It has given me a huge amount of confidence as I start my journey to becoming a vet.” Phoebe Abrahams

As the winner of the Undergraduate Thesis of The Year Award 2020, Phoebe will get the opportunity to present at the BSAS Annual Conference 2021, have her abstract printed in the conference proceedings and receive a complimentary conference ticket to the event.

Each month one of the twelve nominated Thesis will be written as a Fledgling Byte, a simplified and summarised version.

To read Fledgling Byte The Effectiveness Of Catch Neuter Return Programmes In Stray Dogs by George Peart click here

We will shortly be announcing the details of the ‘Undergraduate Thesis of The Year Award 2021’, so do keep an eye on the BSAS website and social media channels.