Ceva announces Animal Welfare Awards nominations open

Ceva has announced the nominations open for its annual Animal Welfare Awards, which recognise individuals in the veterinary industry who go the extra mile to prevent and reduce welfare problems for animals.

The organisation is seeking as many nominations as possible ahead of 15 February for candidates who go above or beyond the call of duty in improving animal welfare, and any person in a professional care position can be nominated.

An example of this commitment to animal welfare is Chris Laurence who throughout his career in the vet and charity sectors has played a key role in this field. To honour and celebrate Chris’s work, the ‘Vet of the Year’ award has been named after him.

Categories include: ‘Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award’; ‘Welfare Nurse of the Year Award’ or ‘Charity Professional of the Year Award’ and awards for persons outside of the pet care trade are ‘UK Volunteer Animal Welfare Award’; ‘International Volunteer Animal Welfare Award’; ‘Young Persons Volunteer Animal Welfare Award’;

Winners of all awards will have a choice of luxury prize ranging from spa weekends, European city breaks, countryside retreats or an animal experience. All individuals who nominate will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win £250 of high street vouchers.

Ginette Bryant of Ceva, said: “The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards are an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of individuals in the veterinary and animal charity industry.

“Our mission ‘Together, beyond animal health’, recognises that the health of animals, humans and the planet are inextricably linked, these awards are fitting way to work towards improving the health of all.”

She added: “Whether it is improving animal welfare through client education in practice, championing good causes or helping specific cases, we know there are many people who share our ambitions in preventing and reducing companion animal welfare issues.

“It is these passionate individuals who are the unsung heroes of our industry and we’re really excited to hear the inspiring stories from each nomination.”

Nominations forms are available from the website. The deadline for entries is 15 February 2013 and further details or additional nomination forms can be obtained by calling Ceva on 01494 781 510 or email

The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 3 April 2013 during the BSAVA conference in Birmingham.

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