The award was one of six announced at an event hosted in the run up to this year's BSAVA Congress in Birmingham by TV presenter and animal lover, Matt Baker, and retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence MBE FRCVS.
The awards recognise the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries, who go beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world including veterinary and charity professionals, researchers and volunteers.
Speaking at the ceremony, chair of the judging panel, Chris Laurence, said: "The quality of nominations for this year’s awards surpassed any we’ve had before, and the people and organisations nominated are well deserved winners. It is especially pleasing to see people from different organisations coming together in the name of animal welfare to work together and to provide leadership. Not only do the winners deserve our thanks and praise but all those nominated should be really proud of what they do for the welfare of animals that can’t speak for themselves."
Other winners of this year's Ceva Animal Welfare Awards by category, were:
Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award supported by Your Dog and Your Cat magazinesRichard Saunders, Veterinary Advisor to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF)
Charity Team of the Year supported by PDSAThe Dog Breeding Reform Group
Charitable Contribution of the Year supported by Blue Cross Helen Whiteside, Canine Research Associate at Guide Dogs
Farm Animal Welfare Award supported by R.A.B.I. and NADISThe University of Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group
International Cat Care Welfare of the Year AwardMaria Pinto Teixeira from Animals de Rua (AdR) in Portugal
For further information on the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards visit www.cevawelfareawards.com.
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