Marcus Makgabo, a senior PhD student in the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, attended a virtual event of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM), the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) on Tuesday 17 May 2022.
During this virtual event, keynote lectures were presented on the theme: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tropical veterinary medicine education and research”. The keynote lectures were followed by a session dedicated to young researchers in which they were asked to highlight their research by presenting “flash talks”. Students had to prepare a pre-recorded 5-minute talk, and were asked to be available on the day to answer questions during a 2-minute question time following the presentation. As an enticement to encourage students to participate, the organisers advertised that the best presenter would receive a travel award for the next joint AITVM-STVM conference to be held in 2023.
Marcus presented a pre-recorded flash talk entitled “Identification of Anaplasma species in wildlife hosts in the Kruger National Park and surrounding game reserves using a bacterial microbiome approach”, highlighting some of his recent findings. The presentation was well received, and after the talk, Marcus engaged in a lively discussion with conference participants and answered their questions confidently.
After the event, Marcus received an email informing him that he had been selected as a winner of the associated travel award!!! This award will cover Marcus’ conference registration fees, flight and accommodation for the next joint AITVM-STVM meeting which will take place in 2023 in Montpellier, France. Congratulations, Marcus!!!
The DVTD is very proud of Marcus’ achievement and we wish him safe travels and every success at the conference next year.
PhD student, Marcus Makgabo