Four leading lights from the world of equine health and welfare were recognised at BEVA Congress in Liverpool.

Paddy Dixon with the Richard Hartley Clinical Award.

The awards took place on Thursday, September 10 to highlight BEVA’s recognition and support for significant accomplishments by equine vets and others involved in horse health and welfare.

Johanna Vardon
, founder and owner of The National Foaling Bank in Shropshire, was presented with the BEVA Equine Welfare Award, sponsored by Blue Cross. The National Foaling Bank provides a nationwide service for horse breeders to pair foster mares with orphaned foals and to provide guidance through the adoption process.

The BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award was given to Paddy Dixon for “A long-term study on the clinical effects of mechanical widening of cheek teeth diastemata for treatment of periodontitis in 202 horses (2008 to 2011)” by Dixon P M, Ceen S, Barnett T, O’Leary J M, Parkin T D and Barakzai S. The article was published in January 2014 in volume 46, issue 1 of the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ).

Andrew van Eps
received the BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale EVJ Open Award for “Continuous digital hypothermia initiated after the onset of lameness prevents lamellar failure in the oligofructose laminitis model” by van Eps A W, Pollitt C C, Underwood C, Medina-Torres C E, Goodwin W A and Belknap J K. The article was published in September 2014 in volume 46, issue 5 of EVJ.

This year’s BEVA Award – in association with the Voorjaarsdagen European veterinary conference – went to Mathijs Theelen for “Ethmoidal infection with Aspergillus species in three horses: successful treatment by transendoscopic removal of mycotic plaques alone or in combination with systemic itraconazole”.

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