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Driving veterinary learning in Africa - 2017 Research and Studentship Awards announced by AFSCAN!

Published: 5/15/2017

The African Small Companion Animal Network, a project supported by our charitable Foundation, has announced the recipients of this year’s Research and Studentship Awards.

The Awards aim to promote small animal clinical research relevant to the African continent and to facilitate the training and development of veterinary students and academics working in Africa.


AFSCAN Research Awards


AFSCAN Research Awards offer academics working at a veterinary school in Africa the opportunity to secure a grant to fund a locally relevant clinical research project and to partner with a research laboratory overseas. This year’s recipients are:

  • Dr Hezron Nonga from the College of Veterinary and Medical Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.
  • Dr Olusegun A Fagbohun from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


AFSCAN Studentship Awards


These Awards enable an African undergraduate veterinary student to spend time participating in a research project related to disease or the welfare of companion animals of relevance to African society. This year’s recipients are:

  • Veterinary student Esther Ombura from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Veterinary student Victor Ishengoma from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.
  • Veterinary student Lois Sanni from the Federal University of Agriculture, Ogun State, Nigeria


Lois Sanni says: “I am grateful for the opportunity to be a recipient of an AFSCAN studentship. This award is an encouragement to  me that I can pursue my dream with diligence and focus and know that my financial status will not hinder my dream.”

Dr Gabriel Varga, Chair of the AFSCAN Board, adds: "We hope that the AFSCAN Awards will drive advances in veterinary care for all species and, in so doing, improve the health and welfare of both animals and humans. We were delighted to see such a range of projects submitted for our consideration and wish all the recipients good luck with their projects.

“I thank Zoetis, the Petplan Charitable Trust, the Swiss Association for Small Animal Medicine and all of our Consortium members for their generous support."

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