VIDEO: Inspirational Bristol University student wins £10K prize at Crufts
A BRISTOL University student’s hopes of improving the health of dogs have been given a boost after she scooped a £10,000 award at this year’s Cruft’s dog show.
Emily Milodowski received the Student Inspiration Award as part of the first ever International Canine Health Awards at a special ceremony at Birmingham’s NEC.
The 21-year-old, who is training to be a vet, won for her project that aims to eliminate the risks created by harmful bacteria in surgical wounds.
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Emily, who owns her own seven-year-old border collie named Baloo, could hardly believe her luck at receiving the prestigious award.
“I could not believe I had won,” she said.
“I first heard about it last year at Crufts when it was announced. I thought it would be a great opportunity and my supervisor at university said I should do it.
“But when I received the email after the interview in February I had to read and re-read it several times before it sunk in.
“And then even before I told family and friends I read it again just to make sure I had not missed anything.”
The largest veterinary awards in Europe recognise leading innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students who are significantly impacting the health and well-being of dogs.
The large monetary cash injection is presented to help individuals further their work.
And after taking a year out from her studies to work on an initial project into wound infections, Emily is looking to further explore the effect of bacteria to help with treatment.