Now in its third year, the event recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have gone the extra mile in improving animal welfare around the world. After receiving hundreds of entries, category winners were decided by an esteemed panel of industry professionals, including Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and Claire Bessant of International Cat Care.
The winners included:
Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award
Johanna Beumer of Whittingham Kennels for dedicating the last 50 years of her life to finding homes for retired racing greyhounds.
Farm Animal Welfare Award
Molly McKay from Norfolk Farm Vets Ltd who has worked to ensure the health and wellbeing of her farm animal patients.
Charity Professional of the Year
Luke Gamble from Worldwide Veterinary Service for launching Mission Rabies, a worldwide campaign to highlight this issue.
Charity Team of the Year
Hope Rescue, a small charity dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned dogs.
VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Award
Jodie Foster of Haygate Veterinary Centre in Muxton for her keen interest in animal behaviour and her collaboration with the Pet Blood Bank.
International Cat Care Welfare Award
Agnes Dufau – Plataforma Gatera. As president of Plataforma Gatera, Agnes has travelled the length and breadth of Spain to ensure the welfare of cats in the country.
Ceva managing director Alan Doyle said: “The judging panel were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries we received this year. It is truly wonderful to read so many stories about honourable people dedicating their time to improve the welfare of animals both in the UK and internationally.”