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'Fellows of the Future' student research submissions

About the competition 

The 'Fellows of the Future' research competition aims to encourage those at the very start of their veterinary careers to engage with the RCVS Fellowship and students and recent graduates from all the UK veterinary schools are encouraged to enter. 

Students are invited to submit a piece of original research and successful applicants will be invited to give a five-minute presentation of their findings - these will be recorded and delivered online as part of Fellowship week in Autumn 2021. The audience will then be able to vote for their favourite, with the judging panel making the final decision. The winning and highly commended presentations will be awarded £200 and £100 in National Book Tokens, respectively.

To enter the competition please complete the application form.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 12 August 2021. Successful applicants will be informed on Friday, 20 August 2021. 

Past winners 

2019 competition

We last held the competition at the live Fellowship Day event in 2019 - you can watch a compilation of the presentations

Winner - James Statton, University of Nottingham James Statton presenting at Fellowship Day 2019

Talk title: Transition into veterinary education: Do expectations match experience? 


"I had never heard of the RCVS fellowship day previously during my time at university and only learnt about the student competition through a colleague who suggested I apply to present and discuss my research. Being part of the day was hugely rewarding, I was able to meet and speak to lots of respected fellows of the royal college and have the opportunity to stand up and highlight an area of work I am very passionate about. I cannot recommend taking hold of this opportunity enough, I had such an enjoyable time and winning the competition was a huge boost to not only my personal morale but my career in the veterinary profession and academia."

Highly Commended - Luke Gunter, RVC Luke Gunter presenting at Fellowship Day 2019

Talk title: Effects of FSTL3-deletion on trophoblast migration: Unique models of placental vascularity in mammals


"I thought the RCVS Fellowship Day and Fellows Of The Future competition was really inspiring. It was a privilege to be presented with some of the scientific contributions the veterinary profession was providing to society, as well as the strides some of the speakers were making in the world of veterinary education and wellbeing, particularly in a profession that is currently very mentally strained. Since the trophoblast migration research project I presented at the competition (and the global pandemic), I have finally been on several EMS placements and will be starting a research project on selective dry cow therapy efficacies in 2022."

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