The awards were hosted by TV presenter Matt Baker, and retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence MBE FRCVS, who puts his name to the Vet of the Year Award. This particular award recognises 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 including veterinary and charity professionals, researchers and volunteers.
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.”
Winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2018 by category, are:
- Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award supported by Your Dog and Your Cat magazines
- Richard Saunders, Veterinary Advisor to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF)
- Welfare Nurse of the Year Award in association with Agria Pet Insurance
- Adina Valentine, Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Grimsby
- Charity Team of the Year supported by PDSA
- The 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 NADIS
- The University of Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group
- International Cat Care Welfare of the Year Award
- Maria Pinto Teixeira from Animals de Rua (AdR) in Portugal
Two individuals and organisations were given special recognition during the evening. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jenny Bunting, a retired veterinary surgeon from the Brighton Greyhound Owners Association (BGOA) and a Retired Greyhound Trust trustee. Jenny has volunteered for these organisations for approximately 40 years and, at 87 years old, keeps up her membership of the RCVS. She often funds any medication needed by greyhounds in the care of the charity at her own expense. Jenny was one of the first women to train as a vet in this country and has dedicated her life to the health and welfare of greyhounds.
International Cat Care was awarded a Special Recognition Award in appreciation of the charity’s 60 years of dedication to engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion.
Matt Baker added: “I am truly humbled by the hard work and dedication of individuals and organisations who are passionate about improving animal welfare and would like to congratulate both the finalists and the award winners who are making a real difference to the lives of animals both in the UK and abroad.”