Harriette Smart was the winner of our competition at this year's BEVA Congress, where the prize was a place on the Rossdales Periparturient Mare Course 2019. Harriette identified all the correct answers in our laboratory-based competition, a feat achieved by only a few of those who took part!
Harriette is a 4th year veterinary student at the Royal Veterinary College with a particular interest in equine reproduction who undertook an intercalated BSc in Comparative Pathology before her 3rd year. She completed a research project with Dr Mandi de Mestre entitled the Characterisation of genotypes associated with early pregnancy loss in the mare and presented her findings at the Society for Reproduction and Fertility.
This summer, Harriette presented at the International Symposium for Equine Reproduction, Cambridge (pictured) on Profiling of aneuploidies and structural genomic variants in placentae from mares that suffer early pregnancy Loss. (H Smart, BV Rose, G Baldwin, D Hampshire, KLP Verheyen, DC Wathes, S Ghosh, T Raudsepp and AM de Mestre).
Harriette says she is especially interested in assisted reproductive technologies but would also like to improve her knowledge of Thoroughbred breeding. She has spent time at Bourton Vale Equine Practice in the Cotswolds and at Twemlows Stud Farm in Shropshire.
During the forthcoming stud season we look forward to welcoming Harriette at Rossdales for a stud externship and then she will be going on to spend time at Twemlows Stud Farm and Keros Stud in Belgium. Not surprisingly, Harriette says she would like to work in equine reproduction when she graduates!
If you would like to join Harriette on the Rossdales Periparturient Mare Course, which takes place 16-18 January 2019, there are still places available. Find out more here.
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