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Bristol Vet Nursing students first to reach finals of prestigious Vet competition

Rohilla Rogers and Lauren Sweeney

Veterinary Nursing students Rohilla Rogers and Lauren Sweeney University of Bristol

2 October 2019

The first Veterinary Nursing students to reach the finals of the prestigious ViVet Student Innovation Competition have scooped an impressive second prize for their innovative canine pregnancy app at the finals which took place yesterday [1 October] at the Vivet Symposium in Manchester.

After a rigorous application process, fourth year Veterinary Nursing students Lauren Sweeney and Rohilla Rogers were shortlisted from applicants from several universities, before going on to face a panel of industry professionals and fierce competition from Veterinary Student finalists from the University of Nottingham [3rd place] and the University of Liverpool [1st place].

The students pitched their pioneering idea for an app which would bring together vital information for a healthy canine pregnancy and puppies, complementing this year’s symposium focus on how new technologies will transform the veterinary professions.

The app could make a vast improvement in whelping cases seen within the Veterinary practice and tutors hope that the students will use their innovative ideas and concepts towards their fourth-year research projects.

Rohilla said: “It meant a lot to have this opportunity and to be the only vet nurses to get through, allowing our voices to get heard by people who are high up in the profession. We are so excited to have the chance to make a mark on the veterinary profession, It was a great way to put vet nurses on the map and we identified an issue that really needed our attention.”

University of Bristol Veterinary Nursing Lecturer, Gemma Irwin-Porter said: “We are incredibly proud of Rohilla and Lauren for the innovative idea which they presented.  Both students have worked incredibly hard on this project balancing clinical rotations and placement, University studies and assessments.”

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