SAVSNET’s very own David Singleton wins national research award

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The International Canine Health Awards, run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust were held on 15 April at the Kennel Club in London. This year’s awards were presented to Professor Holger Volk, Clinical Director of the RVC Small Animal Referral Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery; Professor Mike Herrtage, Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and Professor of Small Animal Medicine; University of Liverpool PhD student, David Singleton (first left pictured below); and canine pathology undergraduate student, Natalie Gibbons.

David has been recognised for the research he is doing into antimicrobial resistance in dogs and other animals. His current work is focusing on the national surveillance of antimicrobial prescription and resistance in pet companion animals, an increasingly pressing issue which is impacting animal health and welfare. David said: “I am thrilled to be the recipient of the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award. This will enable me to pilot real-time epidemiological and advanced laboratory-based antimicrobial resistance surveillance in dogs and other companion animals in the UK.  Antimicrobial resistance is a significant issue of increasing importance to both human and animal health, which will need a truly collaborative approach to tackle. ”I am excited to have the opportunity to work with several veterinary diagnostic laboratories, and it is great to see organisations like the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, SAVSNET, BSAVA, the University of Liverpool and the Kennel Club, committing to support research in this crucial area.”

Well done David – your colleagues are proud of you!