Nominations are open for Ceva\u2019s 2017 Animal Welfare Awards. The event celebrates the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries.\r\n\r\nNominated welfare heroes can come from all walks of life, all ages, and from anywhere in the world. Each one will be assessed on the evidence provided in the original nomination.\r\n\r\nThe winners decided by a panel of judges including Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and James Yeates, chief veterinarian at RSPCA. This year\u2019s winners and runners up will be honoured at a ceremony taking place on the eve of BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) Congress on April 5 2017.\r\n\r\nIf there is an individual or team that you feel deserves to be recognised for their ongoing commitment to animal welfare, visit www.cevawelfareawards.com to nominate. Entries must be in by January 13 2017.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe really have been awed and humbled by the nominations for Ceva\u2019s Animal Welfare Awards over the past seven years and we expect this year to be no exception,\u201d says Ceva managing director Cuneyt Seckin.\r\n\r\nMr Seckin adds: \u201cThe lengths to which some wonderful people go to ensure the health and happiness of animals across the world really knows no bounds. Not only do the awards champion people involved in animal welfare, but they also raise awareness of this important work to wider audiences.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe categories aim to cover all industries involved in animal welfare. For 2017, these are:\r\n\r\n \tChris Laurence Vet of the Year Award - in association with Veterinary Times\r\n\r\nRecognises a veterinary surgeon working in practice who educates pet owners and consistently demonstrates a commitment to the continued improvement of animal welfare standards.\r\n\r\n \tThe VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Award \u2013 in association with VN Times\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCharity Professional of the Year Award (UK & International) \u2013 in association with PDSA\r\n\r\n\r\n \tCharity Team of the Year Award (UK & International) - in association with Your Cat and Your Dog magazines\r\n\r\n\r\n \tVolunteer of the Year Welfare Award (UK & International) \u2013 in association with Blue Cross\r\n\r\n\r\n \tFarm Animal Welfare Award (UK & International) \u2013 in association with RABI and NADIS\r\n\r\n\r\n \tInternational Cat Care Welfare Award \u2013 in association with Agria Pet Insurance\r\n\r\nTo find out more about the awards, and to nominate, visit www.cevawelfareawards.com.