September 2, 2008
Fourth-year DVM student Scarlett Magda was among eight outstanding veterinary students from across North America who received top honours from the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) for research projects that improved the lives of companion animals and wildlife.
Magda received the $5,000 Ballard Award for Wildlife for her work on saddle-related injuries in elephants used for tourism in Thailand and her recommendations aimed at reducing injuries.
The students participated in the foundation’s Veterinary Student Scholars Program and presented posters of their results at the foundation’s annual meeting in Denver. The poster competition was judged by members of foundation’s scientific advisory boards. More than 20 veterinary students participated in the second annual competition. Winners received awards between $1,000 and $5,000 each.
To read more about Magda’s project, visit the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare website and read their newsletter.
To learn about the other projects and to watch videos of the winners talking about their work, go to www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org/2008_vss .