Two British vets were among those recognised by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) at its 2014 awards ceremony.

The presentations took place at the organisation’s 39th World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, held from September 16 to 19.

Michael Herrtage, professor of small animal medicine at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, received the International Award for Scientific Achievement, while Lawson Cairns, a Scottish veterinarian who has practiced in South Africa for 40 years, received the WSAVA’s Global Meritorious Service Award.

Dr Herrtage is a diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and is a past-president of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, among other organisations.

He received the award in recognition of his many contributions to small animal internal medicine, especially in endocrinology.

The Global Meritorious Service Award is made to a veterinarian who has contributed meritorious service to the veterinary profession.

Dr Cairns trained in Scotland, but has run a practice in Hillcrest, near Durban, for 40 years.

The award recognised the work he has done to raise standards of continuing professional development across the African continent.

WSAVA president Colin Burrows said: “We aim to encourage excellence in small animal practice, showcasing the groundbreaking work being done by our colleagues around the world to raise standards of global veterinary care.

“We congratulate this year’s worthy winners on their great contribution, both to our profession and to the welfare of companion animals worldwide.”

WSAVA comprises representaives of 92 veterinary organisations from all over the world, including the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA). It represents 145,000 veterinarians globally.

The annual awards are supported by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Henry Schein Cares.
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