Dr Luisa De Risio, Head of Neurology and Clinical Research at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), has been awarded the RCVS Fellowship by Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice.

Dr Luisa De Risio has been Head of Neurology at the AHT for 11 years and dedicated much of her career to studying epilepsy and other neurological disorders in dogs and cats. Luisa is a member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force and is the leading author of a book on canine and feline epilepsy. Luisa is also associate editor for three peer reviewed scientific journals.

Mark Vaudin, CEO of the Animal Health Trust, said: “This type of recognition is only given to a handful of vets each year and reflects Dr Luisa De Risio’s outstanding contributions to veterinary neurology. As well as providing exceptional clinical care, our vets produce excellent applied research to help improve veterinary medicine to give animals the very best treatments. We’re extremely proud of Luisa’s achievements and that these have been recognised with the awarding of this Fellowship.”

Dr Luisa De Risio added: “I am delighted to have been awarded the RCVS Fellowship by Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice. This Fellowship is a prestigious award in recognition of the work I have conducted in the past 15 years to improve diagnosis, treatment, outcome prediction and prevention of neurologic disorders in dogs and cats. I have disseminated findings that are highly relevant to enhance animal health and welfare and benefit the veterinary profession.”

Dr Luisa De Risio receiving the FRCVS Award from RCVS President, Amanda Boag