Mary Brancker CBE was a long time member, and President, of ICWS (formerly tza) and took a full and active role in our events and activities right up until her death at the age of 95 in 2010.
However, this was only a very small part of her remarkable life. She became the first female President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) in 1967 and, as a practitioner, she was at the forefront of her profession’s interest in zoo animals, fish and invertebrates.
She was greatly loved and admired by all of us at ICWS and you can read more about her by clicking here.
The Independent Wildlife and Conservation Society wished to remember and honour Mary in a manner that we believed would have her full approval.
Mary had always wanted to encourage and help students of animal based subjects and with this in mind we decided to set up the Mary Brancker Bursary in her name to do just that.
We are very proud to have been able to work with Brooksby Melton College for this purpose. Students at the college study animal behaviour, animal management and veterinary nursing, and after discussions with the Principal we set up the Mary Brancker Bursary. Students can apply for a grant to help with projects or their final thesis.
The first student has now completed her final year. The Mary Brancker Bursary will run initially for ten years, and this can be extended or moved as necessary.
Hazel Palmer from the college came join us at the centenary celebration we held for Mary’s life in 2014 and gave a brief description of what the Mary Brancker Bursary meant to students and said how delighted she was to be associated with such a respected lady as Mary.
If you would like more information about Brooksby Melton College or the Mary Brancker Bursary then please contact us here