Meet our student researchers - Ellie Miller


Q: Tell us a bit more about you

I am a Nottingham April vet student and I am just about to start my 4th year. I am passionate about farm animal medicine although I don’t come from a farming background.

Q: How did you hear about the AWF student grant and what made you apply?

I had previously spoken to my supervisor about a career in farm animal medicine so when the grant opportunity arose she contacted me. Having recently finished my 3rd year research project at Nottingham, I jumped at the opportunity.

Q:  Why did you choose to work on this project?

I am passionate about the vet - farmer relationship and solving problems one step at a time. During my second year, I worked at a block calving unit for 2 weeks and I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to learn more so, with my supervisor, we ended up working on the treatment of sick calves and I am so glad we did.

Q: What did you hope to achieve?

Though this project I hoped to gain an insight into what was actually happening on farm to create a baseline for the industry to recognise and move forward from.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about your project?

I really enjoyed our focus groups and talking to farmers and learning more about their motivators to treatment and how they would like to change.

Q: What did you find challenging (if anything)?

Recruiting people for the focus groups was difficult and put an increased amount of time pressure upon us for data analysis.

Q: What have you learned from your project and this experience?

This project was a fantastic opportunity to deepen my understanding of undertaking a research project and has allowed me to learn more about a topic I am passionate about. I have found the whole experience fascinating and it has made me even more excited about becoming a farm vet.

Q: Finally, what advice would you give to students like you wanting to get into research/apply for an AWF grant?

I say go for it, take the leap and you will enjoy it. For people nervous about research, my best advice would be to ask staff at the university as they are always happy to help.