The Class of 2020 choose the recipient of the Veterinary Alumni Final Year Student Award

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This year the University of Liverpool Veterinary Alumni Association Final Year Student Award was awarded to Harriet Lucas (BVSc 2020).

The award, launched in 2018, is intended to recognise the outstanding contribution made by a final year student to life at the School of Veterinary Science in Liverpool. This might be by providing help and support to fellow undergraduates; for example through participating in student politics and organisation of events that benefit the students.

Harriet was nominated for this award by her fellow students. During her time as the vice-president of Liverpool University Veterinary Society (LUVS), Harriet pioneered a Wellbeing Wednesday initiative, using her passion for wellbeing in the veterinary profession to help improve the mental health of students. The initiative included organising dog walks and local sports sessions. A further notable event that Harriet was involved in organising was the hugely successful Career’s Fair. Harriet is always a friendly face around campus who has time for everyone, her enthusiasm and dedication made the LUVS year a very successful one.  

On receiving the award Harriet said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award especially as it was voted for by my fellow students. It’s a strange time to be graduating but the vet school have done a great job at bringing some normality to our graduation and receiving this award has made graduating even more special. I am sad to be moving onto the next chapter and leaving vet school behind but looking forward to getting out into the working world and hopefully, implementing my passion for wellbeing and mental health into my career. I have been extremely lucky with my years at vet school and have made some lifelong friends. I’m graduating with a great bunch and wish the best of luck to them all. Finally, thanks to the Alumni for their support throughout our vet school experience - I really enjoyed working with the Association during my time as LUVS Vice President. It’s another example of the great community that Liverpool Vet School has to offer! I would also like to thank all of the Vet School staff for their teaching and excellent support throughout the five years. We have some unfinished business, however - Grad Ball 2021!”

The Veterinary Alumni Association is proud to recognise Harriet’s valuable contributions, she has had a hugely positive impact on the vet school and should be an inspiration to the rest of the student body. We look forward to receiving nominations in future years.