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For tortoise, terrapin and turtle care and conservation

Research Award


The late Dr Oliphant Jackson MRCVS (1923–1991) was a pioneer in reptile medicine who led the way in developing interest in the treatment of reptiles, forming the first regular reptile clinic in London. He influenced a whole generation of veterinary surgeons and inspired many to take an interest in the care and conservation of reptiles. Dr Jackson was a staunch supporter of the British Chelonia Group to whom he was veterinary adviser (1976–1987) and chairman over many years until his sad passing.

The British Chelonia Group (BCG) Oliphant Jackson Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Dr Jackson in order to encourage veterinary students and qualified veterinarians to take an interest in chelonian medicine. The Fund consists of a cash sum of £1,000 which is awarded annually for the purpose of research into aspects of clinical medicine and surgery, conservation medicine, behaviour or welfare of either captive or free-living tortoises, terrapins or sea turtles. At the judges' discretion the award may be given for work that has taken place in the previous year.

The outcome of the research may be submitted as peer reviewed papers, short communications or proceedings. It is expected that the successful candidate/s will publish the work in an appropriate scientific journal and/or lecture proceedings in which the fund should be acknowledged.

It is a condition of the award that the work will be subsequently published (in a reviewed format of up to 3,000 words) in a BCG publication and presented by the successful candidate/s as a lecture at an appropriate meeting of the BCG.

The awarding panel will be the President of the BCG, The Veterinary Liaison Officer and an external veterinarian with an interest in chelonian medicine. The awarding panel may co-opt further advice if they feel additional expertise is required in judging the application.

The closing date for applications is 7th January in any year. Applications should be submitted to the Veterinary Liaison Officer,

Dr Siuna Reid, BVMS, Cert AVP (Zoo Med), MRCVS, preferably via email:

Veterinary Liaison Officer: Siuna Reid

Alternatively contact via post: The Veterinary Health Centre Ltd, 4 Greenways, Lytham St Annes, FY8 3LY

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