The Undergraduate Thesis of the Year Award 2021

24 May 2021

The BSAS Undergraduate Thesis of the Year Award 2021 provides a fantastic opportunity for universities and colleges with exceptional animal science and related subject students, to showcase the quality of their work to both academic and industry audiences across the globe.  To enter, institutions are invited to submit up to 2 of the best presented theses or dissertations, submitted from July 2020 – June 2021, from their animal science students.  We are accepting theses on a diverse range of projects covering any species, in all fields of animal science.  The winner of this prestigious award will get to present at the BSAS Annual Conference 2022 in Nottingham.  They will also receive a complimentary 3-day conference ticket, which will give them an unrivalled opportunity to network with leading experts from the animal science community. All entries will be listed on the BSAS website and the top 12 will be summarised for publication in the animal bytes series ‘fledgling bytes’. A feature on the winner will also run in the BSAS newsletter which is distributed to over 4,000 members.

For further information on the eligibility criteria and prizes for this award, click here

The Undergraduate Thesis of the Year Award 2020 Winner’s Focus – Phoebe Abrahams

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

Watch the full interview with Phoebe Abrahams here:

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