The ESVD award in memory of Ulli Runge Harms
The award was created in memory of our colleague Ulli Runge Harms and is funded by the ESVD. The award aims to help a highly motivated veterinarian in the early stages of his/her career and interested in veterinary dermatology, finance an externship. The award is granted to an applicant to help fund a training externship of 3-6 weeks duration with a Diplomate of Veterinary Dermatology. An amount of up to 1500 Euro will be funded to the grant recipient.
The applicant is a licensed veterinarian interested in pursuing veterinary dermatology, at the early stages of this career. Diplomates in any veterinary field or residents enrolled in a formal training program are not eligible to apply
Applicants should have a minimum of one year of clinical work experience (either internship, or comparable working experience in a veterinary practice).
Applicants that are members of the ESVD will have precedence over non-members as will externships done within Europe.
The application should include:
- A short CV with a photograph of the applicant
- A copy of the original veterinary degree and if available a copy of an Internship certificate
- A letter describing why you should be granted the award
- An externship plan including the planned time and duration of the externship, anticipated costs*, location of the externship, name of the mentor, as well as a signed written preliminary agreement from the prospective mentor for the externship
The grant recipient agrees provide a short report on his/her externship to the ESVD Board within one month of completion of the externship including a summary of expenses. The grant recipient is also encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting of the ESVD (AGM) that takes place during the yearly ESVD/ECVD congress and to present a short (2 PPT slides) description of the externship.
The award is for up to 1500 Euro in total. A sum of 1000 Euro will be paid to the grant recipient prior to the externship. An additional sum of up to 500 Euros will be paid to the recipient based on documentation of incurred expenses during the externship sent to the ESVD board together with a report of the externship. These documents should be provided within 1 month of the end of the externship. Expenses above 1500 Euros will not be covered by the grant.
Applications for the 2023 award are accepted until the 31st of January
Applications for the 2023 ESVD Ulli Runge Harms Award should be sent to the ESVD Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org. The externship should take place during the year 2023.
*The applicant must provide a financial plan of expected expenses, including travel, accommodation, dietary expenses, and if applicable, fees for the externship paid to the clinic/institution.
Below is the report from the 2022 Ulli Runge Harms recipient Elisa Theuerkauff
It was middle of October, when I started my Externship at the “Tierdermatologie Dr. Wildermuth”. An atmosphere of late autumn was still hanging in the air, when I entered the small clinic on my first day. I decided to stay for full 6 weeks and take as much as possible from the given opportunity.
Throughout the time at the clinic, I saw many interesting cases, firstly a lot of allergic patients but on top of that, cases of autoimmune diseases, mite infestations, endocrine disorders and many more. As the clinic is entirely specialized in dermatology, with two dermatological diplomates, it was possible to see a great amount and variety of cases.
Taking part in the daily clinical work, which included the evaluation of samples on the microscope and consultations with detailed case workup, was, on the one hand, often a lot of fun, as the team was great to work with. On the other hand, it was also very interesting. Some days, when intradermal skin testings, ear flushes or skin biopsies took place, I was allowed to assist and additionally perform some things on my own. Whenever a little time was available, we would sit together and discuss cases. Both, Kerstin and Brett, were extremely helpful, very kind and took time to go through difficult cases with us whenever possible.
Today was the last day of my little externship, the time has flown by so fast, it has become Christmas time. Not only the clinical work was a lot of fun and highly informative, but to meet all these new people during the exchange was absolutely beautiful.
I have been interested in Dermatology since the last year of my veterinary studies and therefore I already undertook a few smaller externships. The opportunity to stay 6 weeks in a place and be part of the team, to observe and to learn was a great chance to dive deeper into the dermatological world, make new contacts and visit new places.
I want to thank you, the ESVD for making this externship possible and to everyone else being included, especially Kerstin and Brett, for making this such a happy and educational experience.