Do you know an animal welfare hero? Help\u00a0your favourite\u00a0pet-lovers gain\u00a0the recognition they deserve in\u00a0Ceva's\u00a0upcoming annual\u00a0awards.\r\n\r\nCeva's 2016 Animal Welfare Awards will celebrate the achievements of inspirational\u00a0people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries.\r\n\r\nWelfare heroes\u00a0can be of any age and come from anywhere in the world. They\u00a0can be nominated for an award by their colleagues, friends and family or by the general public.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe winners will be decided by a panel of judges including Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and James Yeates, chief veterinarian at RSPCA. This year\u2019s winners and runners up will be honoured at a ceremony taking place at BSAVA on\u00a0April 6th 2016.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cWe really have been awed and humbled by the nominations for Ceva\u2019s Animal Welfare Awards over the past four years and we expect this year to be no exception\u201d, said Ceva managing director Alan Doyle.\r\n\r\nAlan\u00a0added: \u201cThe lengths to which some wonderful people go to ensure the health and happiness of animals across the world really knows no bounds. Not only do the awards champion people involved in animal welfare, but they also raise awareness of this important work to wider audiences.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\n2016's categories include:\r\n\r\nChris Laurence Vet of the Year Award - in association with the Veterinary Times\r\n\r\nRecognises a veterinary surgeon working in practice who educates pet owners and consistently demonstrates a commitment to the continued improvement of animal welfare standards.\r\n\r\nThe VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Award\r\n\r\nHonours a working veterinary nurse who has shown a real commitment to improving and championing excellent animal welfare within their practice and further afield.\r\n\r\nCharity Professional of the Year Award (UK & International) \u2013 in association with PDSA\r\n\r\nSomeone who works within a charity organisation and consistently performs to the best of their ability, with the single minded goal of helping save and improve the lives of animals in need.\r\n\r\nCharity Team of the Year Award (UK & International) - in association with Your Cat and Your Dog magazine\r\n\r\nRecognises an awe-inspiring team whose drive and passionate dedication has changed the lives of animals for the better, by tirelessly promoting and championing their cause.\r\n\r\nVolunteer of the Year Welfare Award (UK & International) \u2013 in association with Blue Cross\r\n\r\nCelebrates an individual whose dedication and tenacity has helped improve animal welfare and who, in their own free time, goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of animals either in the UK or internationally.\r\n\r\nFarm Animal Welfare Award (UK & International) \u2013 in association with RABI and NADIS\r\n\r\nThis award is for someone who works within the farming industry and who strives to provide or encourage high standards of ethical and compassionate farm animal welfare.\r\n\r\nInternational Cat Care Welfare Award \u2013 in association with Agria Pet Insurance\r\n\r\nThis esteemed award recognises a volunteer within a feline welfare project, who has contributed to making a sustainable local change through either re-homing, public education, veterinary education, provision of veterinary services or TNR work. International Cat Care will choose the winner of this award from their extensive member base and therefore no general nominations are required.\r\n\r\nIf there is an individual or team that you feel deserves to be recognised for their ongoing commitment to animal welfare, visit www.cevawelfareawards.com to nominate. Entries must be in by January 11th 2016.