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CVS encourages research excellence via the industry’s first Clinical Research Awards programme

8th November 2021

CVS Group (“CVS”), one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated veterinary services, is pleased to announce the launch of its Clinical Research Awards programme, an industry first, to fund research projects across CVS, as well as collaborative projects with universities in its key territories – the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.

As a business, CVS published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in 2020 and the aim of these awards is to increase the quantity and quality of research outputs in the coming years. Award applications will be welcomed from residents, supervisors and academics, with the only requirement being that a CVS colleague be included in the investigator team.

University applicants will be able to access the awards via two distinct categories:

  • University residency awards, providing up to £5k to support clinical research required as part of a residency programme within a veterinary school in the UK, the Republic of Ireland or the Netherlands.
  • Flexible research awards of up to £25k a year for up to three years, supporting clinical research (including Quality Improvement) in collaboration with CVS. These awards may also support a PhD programme or research projects, but not residency programmes.

All applications will require ethical approval and will be reviewed by the CVS Clinical Research Panel, which includes representatives from across the Group and two external appointments, Professor Sarah Freeman, from the University of Nottingham, and Dr Richard Meeson, Royal Veterinary College.

The first deadline for applications is midnight on 17th January 2022 and those interested in applying should visit https://www.cvsukltd.co.uk/research-awards/.

Professor John Innes BVSc PhD CdrtVR DSAS(orth) FRCVS, Chief Veterinary Officer at CVS Group and Chair of the RCVS Fellowship Board, commented: “We are delighted to launch our veterinary clinical research awards which will not only support research within CVS but also support collaborations with universities in the UK, republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.

“Veterinary practices are a rich, largely untapped, source of information about companion and farm animal diseases meaning this is a key initiative that will help to support veterinary clinical research and our commitment to recommending and providing the best clinical care every time.”

“Building on this, the research carried out alongside colleagues at universities will enable us to use and analyse data to advance our understanding of the best treatment options, benefitting our clients, patients and veterinary teams across all of our practices.”