The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2020 have been postponed amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The annual awards show, held in Birmingham, was due to take place for the ninth year in a row on 1 April.
In a statement released on Ceva Animal Health’s facebook page, organisers said: “At Ceva we are passionate about animal welfare and the Ceva UK Welfare Awards are very close to our hearts.
“However, unfortunately this year we have to think of the human element due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus.”
It added: “It is with regret we have to inform you that we have decided to postpone the annual Ceva Animal Welfare Awards from 1 April until further notice.
“We know this will be disappointing for many people and would like to thank you in advance for your understanding. We will let you know in due course when we plan to hold the awards.”
The awards are held to “celebrate the achievements of remarkable people who dedicate their lives, and go above and beyond, to improve animal health and welfare both in the UK and abroad”.
Nominations are open to farmers, vets, vet nurses, animal welfare professionals and animal welfare teams, who can be nominated to receive an award by peers or friends and family. There are nine nomination categories, including vet of the year and charity team of the year.