Insurer Petplan has announced the finalists for its 2012 Equine Vet of the Year Award, with new BEVA president Keith Chandler on the shortlist.

Leading insurer Petplan has announced the finalists for its 2012 Equine Vet of the Year Award.

New BEVA president Keith Chandler is in the running for the awardThe three-strong shortlist includes incoming BEVA president Keith Chandler alongside Gloucestershire-based practitioner Jess Hill and Cardiff-based vet Lee Paul.

According to organisers, this year saw the highest ever number of nominations for the award.

Petplan Equine’s head of marketing Isabella Von Mesterhazy said: “Anyone motivated to nominate their vet for this award must hold them in extremely high regard, so once again we were very impressed by both the quality and quantity of nominations we received.

“It is heartwarming and inspiring to read the submissions that describe the outstanding contributions made by all the nominees in keeping owners happy and horses healthy.”

This year’s judges tasked with picking an overall winner are David Stickles, head of fundraising at the Animal Health Trust, Alison Bridge, editor of Horse & Rider magazine, outgoing BEVA president Ben Mayes and Gil Riley, who was named Petplan Equine Vet of the Year in 2009.

The Vet of the Year winner will be announced at the Animal Health Trust Equestrian Awards, due to be held in London on November 1, 2012.

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