The winners of the prestigious Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2019 have been announced in a glittering ceremony in The Mercian Suite at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre in Birmingham, following a record-breaking number of nominations of the highest calibre for the third consecutive year.
The awards were hosted by TV presenter and animal lover, Matt Baker, and renowned retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence, MBE, FRCVS, who puts his name to the Vet of the Year Award. They recognise the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries, who go beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world. The awards’ ceremony on 3 April in the run up to BSAVA Congress saw praise bestowed on all the shortlisted nominees and winners were announced across eight categories.
Once again, an esteemed panel of industry professionals chaired by Chris Laurence were challenged with selecting the worthy shortlisted individuals and groups and the ultimate winners.
Winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2019
Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award in association with Vet Record
Hannah Capon, Canine Arthritis Management
Vet Nurse of the Year Award in association with Agria Pet Insurance
Rachel Wright, TOLFA
Charity Team of the Year Award in association with PDSA
Ebony Horse Club, Brixton
Charitable Contribution of the Year Award in association with Blue Cross
Fiona Gammell, Wicklow Animal Welfare
Farmer of the Year Award in association with R.A.B.I.
David Finlay, Rainton Farm, Castle Douglas
Farm Educator of the Year in association with NADIS
James Griffiths from Taynton Court Farm, Gloucester
International Cat Care Welfare of the Year Award
Ian MacFarlaine, chief inspector of SPCA in Bermuda
Professor Jacky Reid, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and CEO of the innovative research company, NewMetrica, won an award for her outstanding contribution to animal welfare. Jacky and her multi-disciplinary team of renowned academics from the University of Glasgow have dedicated over 20 years to researching pain and quality of life measurement in pets. Her work into these vital areas at the University of Glasgow and, since retiring from the University, as part of NewMetrica is truly innovative and widely respected and she works tirelessly to broaden its reach for the benefit of the welfare of animals.
The winners were presented with their coveted awards on stage by Matt Baker and Chris Laurence, alongside a representative from each of the category sponsors including: Blue Cross, PDSA, International Cat Care, Vet Record, Agria Pet Insurance, NADIS, R.A.B.I. and Your Dog and Your Cat magazines.
“It is the second consecutive year that I have presented the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards and once again I am touched and humbled by the individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to enhance and promote animal welfare both in the UK and abroad to make a real difference to the lives of animals,” commented, co-host of the awards, Matt Baker.
“The vision, dedication and hard work demonstrated by each and every award winner is truly outstanding,” commented, Cuneyt Seckin, managing director of Ceva Animal Health UK and Ireland. “We had a brilliant evening celebrating our remarkable winners and would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their fantastic achievement.”