Spanning seven categories, the shortlist for each award was decided following a day of deliberations. The panel of judges is chaired by retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence MBE MRCVS. Chris is the chairman of the Animal Welfare Foundation and BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association).
The awards celebrate the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries. Those shortlisted have gone beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world. Nominations were submitted by friends, family, clients and colleagues.
Chris Laurence, says: “Judging gets more difficult each year as we receive more nominations and they get even more impressive.
“It is humbling to witness the huge number of people who give their lives to animal welfare to the detriment of better paid jobs or simply going out and enjoying themselves.”
The shortlist for the 2017 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards is as follows:
Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award
In association with Veterinary Times
- Andrew Gardiner from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
- Richard Saunders from the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund
- Jenny Stavisky from the University of Nottingham
Welfare Nurse of the Year Award
In association with VN Times
- Sarah Dawson from Vets4Pets in Walton Vale, Liverpool
- Samantha Shand from Quarrington Veterinary Surgery in Sleaford
- Ellisah Raven from Bransby Horses in Lincoln
Charity Professional of the Year Award (UK & International)
In association with PDSA
- Lesley Winton, founder of the Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears & Fostering Compassion
- Dr Stephen Blakeway, director of international operations at The Donkey Sanctuary
- Ali Taylor, head of canine behaviour and training at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Charity Team of the Year Award (UK & International)
In association with Your Cat and Your Dog magazines
- Mission Rabies
- Mitchelson Found Animals Foundation
- Dogstar Foundation, Sri Lanka
Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award (UK & International)
In association with Blue Cross
- Maureen Smith from the National Animal Welfare Trust in Berkshire
- Annie Blumenfeld from Wags 4 Hope, USA
- Dean Bland from Well Equine in Yorkshire
Farm Animal Welfare Award (UK & International)
In association with R.A.B.I and NADIS
- Dr Othieno O Joseph, a freelance veterinary journalist from Kenya
- Katrine Bazeley, a retired veterinary surgeon from Dorset
- Graham Duncanson, a retired veterinary surgeon from Norfolk
International Cat Care Welfare Award
In association with Agria Pet Insurance
International Cat Care will be choosing the winner of this award from its membership base. The winner will be announced at the awards’ ceremony.
In addition to the scheduled categories, the judges have granted one additional award in special recognition of a charity’s ongoing commitment to animal welfare.