BEVA president Keith Chandler has become the first Scottish veterinary surgeon to win the prestigious annual Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award, in association with Horse&Rider magazine. 

BEVA president Keith Chandler has become the first Scottish veterinary surgeon to win the prestigious annual Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award, in association with Horse&Rider magazine. 

Keith Chandler receives his award from The Princess Royal.Mr Chandler was presented with his award by The Princess Royal during the glittering annual Animal Health Trust Equestrian Awards‘ gala dinner, held at the Lancaster London Hotel on November 1, 2012.

The Petplan Equine Vet of the Year award recognises those vets who go the extra mile in providing an outstanding service to horse owners.

This year saw a record number of nominations, but Judges unanimously agreed that the strength of Mr Chandler’s nominations, combined with his experience, placed him as the vet most worthy of this year’s title.

Petplan Equine’s head of marketing Isabella von Mesterhazy said: “Keith’s dedication to providing the highest levels of professional care and customer service and his ability to motivate his team to do so consistently for the practice’s clients, made his nomination stand out.”

Petplan EquineSenior partner at Kessock Equine Veterinary Clinic in Drumsmittal, Inverness, Mr Chandler’s main areas of focus are equine internal medicine, stud medicine and care of the geriatric horse. He has lectured at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies and has also examined other vets sitting exams at the RCVS in London.

On receiving the award, Mr Chandler said: “I was surprised to be nominated and I am humbled to have won the Petplan Equine Vet of the Year award. But, it really is recognition of the efforts of our whole team at Kessock Equine Vets.

“It was a pleasure and an honour to receive this award alongside many of our Olympic medallists and to win it in the year in which I have become president of BEVA.

“The profession has been very kind to me and I am proud to be a vet.”

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