Michael Duggan, BVSc, MRCVS, is this year’s recipient of the Rossdales Equine Studies Prize at the University of Bristol Veterinary School. This prize is awarded to “the final year student who has demonstrated the most commitment to the clinical care of equine patients”. Professor Sidney Ricketts (pictured above with Michael) presented the prize, now in its 10th year, following the ceremony of admission of new graduates to Membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons at the University’s Langford House on 20th July.
Michael said that he has been passionate about a veterinary career for many years and that he enjoys working with all types of animals. He particularly thrives on challenging cases, those with an emergency and critical care element and large animal rescue incidents. He particularly enjoys equine cases; horses have always been his keen interest and he has enjoyed equestrian sport at various levels and disciplines.
Throughout his five years at the University of Bristol, Michael became deeply involved in the student Centaur Society, of which he was President (2015-2016). This experience provided him an opportunity to influence and enhance the student experience for all years and to help shape the future of the veterinary school. He said, “This provided me with a chance to give something back to the university that made it possible for me to reach where I am today”. Michael’s first job as a veterinary surgeon is in mixed practice in Co. Armagh, near his hometown. He said, “I have loved every minute of my work so far and I hope that there will be many more years to look forward to. I hope to have the opportunity to advance my equine skills and knowledge in the coming years. I will continue to strive to offer the gold standard of veterinary care at every opportunity”. Rossdales congratulates Michael on his success and wishes him the very best for his future.
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