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RCVS Day included the presentation of the College's honours and awards, as follows.

Honorary associates

Honorary associateship of the RCVS may be conferred on non-members of the College in recognition of their special contribution to the veterinary sphere. This year, honorary associateship was conferred on Kirsten Rausing.

Dr E. K. E. Rausing

Kirsten Rausing, the President told the meeting, was a Swedish-born thoroughbred breeder who had made outstanding contributions to equine health and welfare through her work for the thoroughbred racing industry and her support of veterinary education and research. She had bred more than 1000 thoroughbred winners worldwide during her career, and had managed stud farms in Sweden and Ireland. She currently owned Lanwades and St Simons Studs in Newmarket, and Staffordstown Stud in Ireland. Her family business was a world-leader in the development and provision of milking equipment for dairy cattle, contributing to her close affinity and support for the veterinary profession. She had served on many committees and advisory groups of major strategic importance, including the Jockey Club's veterinary committee.

In 2001, Dr Rausing founded the Alborada Trust, which supports the funding of veterinary causes in the UK and Ireland. The trust's activities were primarily devoted to the welfare of animals, and it had provided financial assistance for many veterinary projects.

‘Kirsten is committed to training the next generation of veterinarians,’ the President said. ‘Every year she hosts students undertaking equine elective projects at her Newmarket stud farms, enabling them to gain insight into thoroughbred breeding as practised at the highest level.

‘Through her understanding of veterinary issues that affect thoroughbred breeding and racing, especially those involving infectious diseases, Kirsten constantly strives to improve standards and has made invaluable, perceptive contributions to the development of the equine veterinary profession.’

Conferring honorary associateship on Dr Rausing, the President congratulated her on her unstinting support, advice …

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