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.
The awards’ ceremony on 5 April in the run up to BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) Congress saw praise bestowed on all the shortlisted nominees and winners were announced across seven categories.
Speaking at the ceremony, chair of the judging panel, Chris Laurence, said: “Judging the huge number of nominations gets more difficult year on year as the numbers increase.
“It is stunning to see how many people give their lives to the welfare of animals and it makes us feel very humble to see the lengths to which many people go. The fact that we have found winners amongst so many deserving people and organisations was really hard work.”
Winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2017 by category, are:
Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award in association with Veterinary Times:
Jenny Stavisky from the University of Nottingham
Welfare Nurse of the Year Award in association with VN Times:
Samantha Shand from Quarrington Veterinary Surgery in Sleaford
Farm Animal Welfare Award in association with R.A.B.I and N.A.D.I.S:
Katrine Bazeley, a retired veterinary surgeon from Dorset, and Graham Duncanson, a retired veterinary surgeon from Norfolk (joint winners)
Charity Professional of the Year in association with PDSA:
Lesley Winton, founder of the Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears and Fostering Compassion
Charity Team of the Year in association with Your Cat Magazine and Your Dog Magazine:
Dogstar Foundation, Sri Lanka
Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award in association with Blue Cross:
Dean Bland from Well Equine in Yorkshire
Pei Su from ActAsia
Cuneyt Seckin, managing director of Ceva Animal Health, commented: “The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards have gone from strength to strength, not only in terms of record levels of interest, but also in the quality of the people and organisations that are honoured, all of which work hard to raise animal welfare standards both in the UK and abroad.”
For further information on the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards visit www.cevawelfareawards.com.