BSAVA announce clinical abstracts award winners for 2023

14 August 2023

The BSAVA has announced the winners of the 2023 clinical abstracts, presented at BSAVA Congress 2023 at Manchester Central. Submissions are open each year to present a clinical abstract, which are short research presentations that are based on high quality clinical research, undertaken in practice, academia, and industry.

The authors prepare a written summary of 250 words on the project and following peer review, accepted abstracts will be either selected for presentation as a poster or as a 10-12 minute oral presentation. Clinical abstract presentations allow the researchers to showcase their research to a wide audience and delegates can also benefit from seeing the latest advances in veterinary medicine.

Best Medicine Award – Frederik Allan BVM BVS MRCVS

Assessment of point of care machine utilising ATP bioluminescence

Frederik is a resident in Small Animal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, prior to his residency he completed a rotating internship at the University of Cambridge, and he has also worked in both charity and private first-opinion practice settings.

Speaking about what winning the award meant to him, he said: “It is an honour to be awarded the prize for Best Medicine Abstract 2023, especially given the high quality of research abstracts presented at BSAVA this year. I would like to thank Professor Hattie Syme and Dr Sian Frosini for their ongoing support and guidance with this project. Finally, thank you to BSAVA for allowing us to present our project and for the award!”

Best (PhD) Student Award – Genever Morgan BVetMed CertAVP FHEA MRCVS

Raw meat diets are a significant risk factor for carriage of antimicrobial-resistant E. coli by dogs in the UK

Genever commenced her PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2019, investigating antimicrobial resistance and the public health impact of feeding raw meat diets to dogs. She is due to complete her PhD this Summer and has thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to research such an interesting and thought-provoking subject.

Genever said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to present my research to my peers at BSAVA Congress 2023. As a vet undertaking research, it is important to me to be able to share my work with my colleagues, and presenting at BSAVA is a brilliant platform to do this.”

Best Surgery Award – Vasileia Logothetou PgC(SAS) MRCVS

Influence of cutaneous closure technique on the complication rate of subdermal plexus flaps: a risk factor analysis in 97 dogs (2006 – 2022)

Vasileia graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015. After graduating she moved to the UK and worked in a small animal practice in Kent. In 2017, she started a small animal rotating internship in a private multi-disciplinary hospital in Hampshire. In 2020, Vasileia joined the University of Liverpool as a surgery and anaesthesia intern, before joining Southfields Veterinary Specialists as a surgical intern. She started a surgical residency at the same hospital in April 2022.

Speaking about her win, Vasileia said: “It was a pleasure to present among other distinguished colleagues at BSAVA Congress 2023 and an immense honour to win the Best Surgery Award. The award was an unexpected validation of the hard work on our project. The whole experience presenting at BSAVA was fun and exciting, and a great opportunity to socialise with colleagues and friends.”.

Best Practitioner Award – Amelia Wilder BVetMed MRCVS

Survival of Dogs with parvovirus comparison of a standardised protocol versus ad hoc clinician treatment plans

Since graduating in 2017 from the RVC, Millie has worked at the PDSA enjoying all the weird and wonderful things that each day brings. For the last year she has been Senior Veterinary Surgeon at PDSA New Cross. She is currently studying for a CertAVP in small animal surgery, in between looking after her ever expanding pack of dogs that she has adopted.

Millie said: “Winning the award was an unexpected but amazing surprise. I think recognising the good quality research that can be carried out in charity practice, with our limited access to resources, is great. It has definitely encouraged me to do more studies in future.”

Best Poster Award – Kirsty Macdonald BVM&S AFHEA MRCVS

Retrospective study of complications following arthrotomy and tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) performed by multiple surgeons in a single referral hospital

Originally from Banff, Canada, Kirsty moved to the UK in 2015 to begin her veterinary studies at the University of Edinburgh. After university, and 2 years in general practice, she sought to deepen her expertise and embarked on a small animal rotating internship at the University of Liverpool.

Kirsty said: “Winning this award is an incredible honour. Knowing that my work has been acknowledged and appreciated by esteemed professionals in the veterinary community is truly humbling. I look forward to continuing my research journey with renewed enthusiasm and a deep sense of purpose.”

Submissions for the clinical abstracts for BSAVA Congress 2024 will open on Monday 11th September, and close on Monday 20th November, via: Those chosen to present their abstracts are eligible for discounted registration to attend Congress 2024. For more information, contact