10th November 2011
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Polly Compston

Polly Compston wins the BEVA Sam Hignett Award

Congratulations to clinical researcher Polly Compston who was recently awarded The Sam Hignett Award following her presentation at the British Equine Veterinary Association’s (BEVA) annual congress, which takes place each September and attracts veterinary delegates from around the world.

Each year authors are asked to submit scientific research papers to BEVA, which are subsequently reviewed and selected for inclusion in the ‘Clinical Research Session’ of short presentations at congress. Polly’s presentation was based on a study of racehorses that underwent a fracture repair whilst standing, under sedation, using local anaesthesia, rather than being repaired under general anaesthesia.

Polly joined Rossdales Equine Hospital in January, to take up the position of Resident in Clinical Research, a 3 year post that is generously supported by the Margaret Giffen Trust. She works under the supervision of Rossdales partner and surgeon Richard Payne, who said: “This is an excellent achievement by Polly and is a superb reward for her hard work. This award underlines Rossdales’ continuing commitment to sound clinical research. Over the past few years we have been developing an increasing number of techniques, which allow us to perform a variety of surgical procedures in the standing horse. This negates the risks associated with general anaesthesia in our equine patients, which are especially relevant for horses with broken legs, because of their risk of re-injury to the site of fracture repair when the horse stands up again after recovery from anaesthesia. Polly’s study showed that the outcome for racehorses that have a standing fracture repair is every bit as good as for those where the fracture is repaired under a general anaesthetic.”

Polly’s prize is registration to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in San Antonio, Texas, which takes place on 18-22 November 2011. She said: “I am surprised and delighted to have won this prestigious award and am greatly looking forward to attending the AAEP Convention later this month”.

Richard continued: “We would like to thank the Margaret Giffen Trust for pledging its support to the position of Resident in Clinical Research, which greatly assists us in continuing this important clinical research”.

For further information about our surgical procedures, including standing surgery, please contact Rossdales Equine Hospital on 01638 577754, or visit our surgery pages.