Aspiring businesswoman Hannah uses undergraduate research in industry
Business minded Hannah Dickson is using her equine science degree to help develop her own faecal egg counting business.
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science (2:1), Hannah was keen to put her undergraduate research skills into industry practice. With a blend of entrepreneurial spirit and high-class research skills honed during her degree, Hannah launched her own mobile faecal egg counting business under the name of EquineErudition.
During her degree Hannah had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at Harthill Stud in Cheshire and it was here she discovered her interest in faecal egg counting.
Said Hannah: “It was hard to choose which direction to pursue with regards to a career, as I’d thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of my degree course. However, it was after my work experience at Harhtill, I approached one of my lecturers for advice about setting up a business which really helped me to get things started.”
Hannah went on to focus on faecal egg counting for her dissertation topic, studying the effect of temperature on the number of eggs in a sample. She found that samples are best preserved at fridge temperature, of around 4°C, as apposed to room temperature (19.5 °C) and freezer temperature (-18°C).
Commended for her first class research skills whilst a student, Hannah was awarded the Reaseheath Dean of Higher Education’s ‘Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research’ accolade.