The work of feline medicine specialist Tim Gruffydd-Jones was recognised with the 2014 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award, presented during the annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention in Denver, USA.
Established in 2009 by the Winn Feline Foundation and American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), this award is given annually to a distinguished member of the association to honour their long-term contribution to advancing feline research.
Prof Gruffydd-Jones was presented with the award during the AVMF breakfast on July 27, which was held in the Centennial Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver.
Prof Gruffydd-Jones has devoted most of his career to feline medicine and is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, but particularly infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrine disorders and breeding problems. He has a longstanding interest in pedigree cats and has worked closely with various breed clubs, serving as president or vice president in several.
He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1973 and spent 18 months in practice before moving to Bristol University as the Feline Advisory Bureau Scholar. He has remained in Bristol since that time. As a Wellcome Scholar, he earned his PhD on reproduction in cats in 1982. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1998 and was appointed to a chair in feline medicine in the same year.
He was chairman of the Feline Advisory Bureau (now International Cat Care) from 1980-2002 and is currently deputy chairman of Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat rescue charity.
Other awards earned by Prof Gruffydd-Jones include the BSAVA Woodrow Award, the ESFM International Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine and the AHT WAG award for scientific achievement.