Ceva Animal Health has revealed its shortlist for its eighth annual Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.\r\n\r\nThe awards celebrate the achievements of people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries, who go beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world. Nominations were submitted by friends, family, clients and colleagues.\r\n\r\nSpanning six categories, the shortlist for the 2018 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards is as follows:\r\n\r\nChris Laurence Vet of the Year Award supported by Your Dog and Your Cat magazines\r\n\r\n \tCatriona Wood, RSPCA Harmsworth Animal Hospital, London\r\n \tHannah Capon, Veterinary Surgeon and Founder of Canine Arthritis Management\r\n \tRichard Saunders, Veterinary Advisor for the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF)\r\n\r\nVet Nurse of the Year Award supported by Agria Pet Insurance\r\n\r\n \tZoe Reeve, Veterinary Nurse at Alder Veterinary Practice in Spalding\r\n \tAdina Valentine, Veterinary Nurse at the Grimsby Blue Cross Animal Hospital\r\n \tReuben Allfree, Veterinary Nurse at St James Veterinary Group in Swansea\r\n\r\nCharity Team of the Year supported by PDSA\r\n\r\n \tHero Paws, Kinkardine, Fife\r\n \tThe Dog Breeding Reform Group, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire\r\n \tPet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG), London\r\n\r\nCharitable Contribution of the Year supported by Blue Cross\r\n\r\n \tMark Thorogood, Fundraiser, Committee Member and Shelter Volunteer at Gozo SPCA\r\n \tKay Robinson, Founder of the Tortoise Protection Group, Cardiff\r\n \tNaomi and Gary Wordsworth, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home\r\n \tJenny Bunting, BGOA Retired Greyhound Trust, Haywards Heath, West Sussex\r\n\r\nFarm Animal Welfare Award supported by R.A.B.I. and NADIS\r\n\r\n \tHalton Farms Ltd, Congleton, Cheshire\r\n \tUniversity of Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group, Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire\r\n \tRichard Vecqueray, the Evidence Group, Penrith, Cumbria\r\n\r\nInternational Cat Care Welfare Award\r\n\r\n \tInternational Cat Care will be choosing the winner of this award from its extensive membership base. The winner will be announced at the awards\u2019 ceremony.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the scheduled categories, the judges have granted one additional award in special recognition of an individual\u2019s lifetime commitment to animal welfare.\r\n\r\nThe shortlist for each award was decided following a day of deliberations by a panel of esteemed judges chaired by retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence MBE FRCVS.\r\n\r\nLaurence has extensive experience in animal welfare; he is chairman of the Animal Welfare Foundation, the Canine and Feline Sector Group of the Animal Health and Welfare Board and BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association) and before retiring he was chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA and veterinary director of Dogs Trust. He is also involved in a number of charities and is a trustee of the Pet Blood Bank and the Bella Moss Foundation.\r\n\r\nLaurence, said: \u201cJudging the ever-increasing number of nominations takes a lot of work, just to read them all let alone deciding who should go forward as a finalist. The standard of nomination improves every year and each is an inspiration to the judges because of the selfless effort put in by each nominee to improve animal welfare, often in the most difficult circumstances.\u201d\r\n\r\nCuneyt Seckin, managing director of Ceva Animal Health, added: \u201cYear-on-year we are amazed and humbled by the individuals and organisations who dedicate their lives to enhance and improve animal welfare both in the UK and abroad. We are delighted to be able to honour these people, while highlighting their important work to a wider audience.\u201d\r\n\r\nWinners will be revealed and presented with their awards at a ceremony held in Birmingham ahead of BSAVA Congress on 4 April 2018. To find out more about the awards visit www.cevawelfareawards.com.