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THE value of applying a comparative approach in veterinary medicine was emphasised by two veterinary surgeons who have been recognised for their contributions to the profession by being made life members of the BSAVA. On being awarded life membership at the BSAVA's annual general meeting on April 6, Sheila Crispin and Barbara Weaver both said that their work had benefited from a comparative approach.
Conferring the award on Professor Crispin, Michael Day, the then BSAVA president, noted that, having first obtained a degree in zoology and applied zoology, Professor Crispin studied veterinary medicine at Cambridge before working in large animal practice in Cumbria and as a locum for the Highlands and Islands Veterinary Services Scheme. She then returned to Cambridge as director of studies in veterinary medicine and a house surgeon at the vet school, undertaking a comparative research project on corneal lipid deposition. She then took up a post in Edinburgh, completing a PhD on canine lipid keratopathy. Subsequently, she moved to Bristol, where she specialised in ophthalmology and became head of a vibrant ophthalmology team. She had an international reputation in comparative ophthalmology and disorders of lipids and lipoproteins and, as well as …
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