Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference

The 8th Alltech-Hartpury Equine Student Conference will take place on the 2nd May 2018 at University Centre Hartpury, Gloucester. This annual conference is aimed at Higher Education students, providing an opportunity to experience writing and submitting an abstract, going through the review and revisions process, through to delivering a theatre presentation to a full conference audience or producing a scientific poster to present. This is often a daunting experience, however, the Alltech-Hartpury Student Conference allows students to present to students, without additional intimidation from experts and supervisors. Delegates representing colleges and universities from the UK, present oral and poster presentations covering a vast range of topics.

Looking back on the 7th Alltech-Hartpury Conference...

The morning session of the 2017 conference, chaired by Professor Renate Weller, from the Royal Veterinary College, was opened by an informative presentation by Dr Lisa Boden from the University of Glasgow on ‘Making an impact on policy: perspectives from a Scottish Government Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks’. The morning’s key note presentation was followed by presentations from students from University Centre Hartpury, University Centre Sparsholt, Bishop Burton College and Hadlow College discussing topics including ‘The equine welfare crisis in the UK: Ignorance or intent?’ and ‘The Effect of Restrictive Noseband Design on Stress Responses in Ridden Horses’.  

The afternoon session, chaired by Dr Lisa Boden, was opened with an inspiring and entertaining talk by Professor Renate Weller entitled ‘“Why don’t I win?” How to diagnose causes of poor performance in equestrian sport?’ Students’ presentations filled the remainder of the afternoon session with students from University Centre Hartpury, McTimoney College of Chiropractic, Bishop Burton College and Myerscough College discussing topics including, The Effect of Bodyweight on Thermoregulation in the Horse – Why Obesity is a Welfare Issue and Rider Personality: Mare versus Gelding. The standard of presentations from the students was very high and they were rewarded with engaging discussion from both the student delegates and the keynote speakers with whom they were able to network over coffee breaks and poster sessions.

Tickets can be purchased through the on-line shop from January 2018

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