On April 6 2016, the annual Ceva Animal Welfare Awards paid tribute to people who improve the lives of animals. A celebration at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, announced the winning candidates across the seven award categories.
Judges included Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and James Yeates, Chief Veterinary Officer of the RSPCA, who selected winners from an exciting selection of entries across the categories which recognise Vets and Vet Nurses, volunteers and charity professionals.
This year saw an additional award offered in special recognition by Ceva Animal Health to The Brooke, a charity dedicated to the support of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Head judge Christopher Laurence, said: “It only feels like yesterday that the awards started and every year it seems to get better. As we have seen tonight there are people who have given their lives for the animals and asked for nothing, working for years and years.
“Animal welfare is part of our life in this country but it doesn’t just happen. It requires those dedicated individuals who work week in, week out, year on year. They are just fantastic.”
Christopher Laurence Vet of the Year Award – in association with the Veterinary Times
- Winner: Heather Bacon, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Award
- Winner: Shakira Free Miles, Beaumont Veterinary Hospital
Farm Animal Welfare Award – in association with R.A.B.I and N.A.D.I.S
- Winner: Ruth Clements, FAI
Charity Professional of the Year – in association with PDSA
- Winner: David Yates, Hospital Director RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital
Charity Team of the Year – in association with Your Cat Magazine and Your Dog Magazine
- Winner: ACTAsia
Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award– in association with Blue Cross
- Winner: John and Judith Morton, East Midlands Retired Greyhound Trust
- Winner: Harry Eckman, Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF)
The winners were presented with their awards on stage by the judges, alongside a representative from each of the category sponsors, which this year included Blue Cross, PDSA, International Cat Care, Agria Pet Insurance, N.A.D.I.S and R.A.B.I, and media titles, Veterinary Times, VNTimes, Your Dog magazine and Your Cat magazine.
Upon receiving the award for Charity Team of the Year, Pei Feng-Su Executive Director and co-founder of ACTAsia said: “There is not a word to describe this feeling. This year marks the 10th anniversary of ACTAsia so it is a special gift to be recognised, it is fantastic.
“I’m sure it will mean so much to our staff and volunteers, especially in China where their family and friends might not support what they are doing, might not understand. To win this award and be amongst so many other fantastic organisations is a great honour.”
Ginette Bryant Corporate Communication manager of Ceva Animal Health commented on the awards: “Tonight was fabulous. All of the years we have done it have been brilliant and the nominations are so wonderful. It has become more and more international as the years have gone on. Fortunately many of the global organisations we have recognised have been based in the UK so was have access to these wonderful individuals.
“The people who are represented, our finalists, are just amazing. What I would really like to see is for it to become an international event, with the UK sharing their eccentric love of animals further afield.”
For further information regarding the awards go to: www.cevawelfareawards.com