A graduate vet’s world-first research project into pet tarantulas wowed delegates at a national zoology conference and saw him walk away with a best-in-show prize. 

Adam Crowther spoke at the British Veterinary Zoological Society conference in Birmingham, presenting his undergraduate research into pet tarantulas and their owners. 

Adam, who works as a veterinary surgeon at Linnaeus-owned Abbey House Veterinary Hospital in Morley, Leeds, was presented with the ‘best student research presentation’ prize after the conference. 

He was recognised for his study, which he conducted while at the Royal Veterinary College and saw him gather research from 1,062 people. Adam has also presented his findings at the 2022 British Tarantula Society Conference and the International Conference of Avian, Reptilian and Exotic Mammal Medicine. 

He said: “The research was the first of its kind globally and evaluated the demographic of tarantula owners, what their perspectives are on the relationship they have with their pet tarantula and how they approach healthcare and veterinary treatment. 

“The presentation went very well and I won an award, which was great! It was fantastic to see so many people engaged with the subject matter.” 

Adam was supported in attending the conference by Linnaeus, who funded his ticket as a participant in its Graduate Development Programme (GDP). 

The GDP is a structured programme for newly-qualified vets which focuses on support and networking, access to mentors, social events and a structured education programme. 

Alison Price, Graduate Development Programme Lead for Linnaeus, said: “Adam has worked exceptionally hard on his research and it was fantastic for us to be able to support him in bringing it to a wider audience. 

“Personal growth is a huge part of the GDP and this is a great example of that in practice.” 

Abbey House Veterinary Hospital is open 24 hours a day and is based in Morley, Leeds. It also has practices in Rothwell, Cleckheaton, Batley and Kippax. For more information visit www.abbeyvetspets.co.uk

For more information about the British Veterinary Zoological Society, visit https://www.bvzs.co.uk/

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