Winners of the 2010 BSAVA awards were announced at the opening ceremony of Congress, in a ceremony hosted by the BBC’s Katie Rowlett.

Winners of the 2010 BSAVA awards were announced at the opening ceremony of Congress, in a ceremony hosted by the BBC’s Katie Rowlett.
In his opening speech, BSAVA president Richard Dixon said: “The awards are recognition of the recipients’ hard work, professionalism and dedication to their particular area of expertise, and they have all substantially contributed to our profession.”
The winners were: 
AMOROSO AWARD: Anne Vaughan-Thomas (Deceased)
Presented annually by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, this award was instituted in memory of the late Professor EC Amoroso of the RVC. It is presented for outstanding contributions to small animal studies by a non-clinical member of university staff.

In her short life of 46 years, Dr Anne Vaughan-Thomas made important contributions to veterinary science, matrix biology and human health. Anne worked both at the University of Bristol Veterinary School, Cardiff University and the University of Liverpool Veterinary School with over 13 years of her working life spent within the veterinary sector. During that time, she supervised and assisted numerous PhD students, research assistants, post-docs and undergraduate students, several of whom are now well respected veterinary academics at UK universities. Anne helped to guide many early research careers and successfully taught them high-quality laboratory skills.

Anne was diagnosed with abdominal metastasis of mammary carcinoma in 2007. Of course she had great insight into her condition and, on the recommendation of her oncologist, she became a patient representative on a NICE panel on developing national guidelines for care of patients with metastatic disease of unknown primary lesions; she was vociferous and insightful in her representation of future patients with the condition, and is sadly missed.

Presented by Royal Canin for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery, this award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque.

Mike Martin graduated from Dublin in 1986 and had gained both his certificate and diploma in Small Animal Cardiology from the Royal College by 1991. He gained recognition as a specialist in cardiology in 1995. He runs Martin Referral Services in Warwickshire and maintains a special interest in interventional cardiology, such as pacemakers, pericardiocentesis, angiography, balloon dilatation techniques, and PDA occlusion.

Mike is well known for his belief in the importance of practitioner education and involvement in clinical research. His team has consistently provided research papers to the JSAP which have been nominated for best paper awards year after year.

This award is presented annually by the BSAVA as the primary international recognition for really outstanding contributions to the field of small animal practice.

The award, which takes the form of a bronze sculpture and scroll, goes to Steve Withrow, regarded as one of the foremost veterinary oncological experts on the planet. Many, if not most, of the leading oncological surgeons in the world have spent some time with Steve and taken the best of what they could learn. In addition, he is committed to the management of cancer in general. He runs a summer camp for children with cancer each year, and never lets his team forget the emotional and social burden of a cancer diagnosis both for the patient and the team of carers.

This award is presented to the author of the most valuable article published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice by a small animal practitioner during the 12 months ending October 31. The aim of the award is to encourage the publication of high quality research performed by a small animal practitioner. The award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque and is sponsored by Intervet Schering-Plough.

The 2010 winning paper is Canine dilated cardiomyopathy: a retrospective study of signalment, presentation and clinical findings in 369 cases, and the award goes to Mike Martin, who wrote the paper in conjunction with MJ Stafford Johnson and B Celona.

This scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of Frank Beattie, a well respected veterinary surgeon and a long-standing member of the BSAVA. It is awarded annually from a generous gift given by Frank’s widow, Annie. The scholarship, worth £2000, is to help a BSAVA member undertake a trip abroad to study a particular aspect of veterinary practice.

This year’s award goes to Iona Mathieson to enable her to attend the William Magrane Basic Eye Science course at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Iona graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1997 then worked in mixed practice in the Scottish Highlands for a year. She has worked in small animal practice in Nottingham, Bolton, and Bury and is now working as a locum while studying for the Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

MELTON AWARD: Mark Patteson
Since 1981 this award has been presented annually by Royal Canin for meritorious contributions by veterinary surgeons to small animal veterinary practice. The award, which takes the form of BSAVA Manuals and a cheque, is open only to veterinary surgeons in general practice.

Mark Patteson is the winner of the 2010 Melton Award. He is a Diplomate in Veterinary Cardiology and has been and remains involved with many very successful clinical trials, post graduate teaching and is a great supporter of The Veterinary Cardiovascular Society (VCS). Mark also examines and is a supervisor for many who have taken and are taking the Diploma and Certifi cate in Cardiology. Mark is heavily invested in the veterinary profession and takes a special interest in the personal development of his colleagues. He has made a massive contribution to cardiology over the years and offered invaluable help to many practitioners.

PETSAVERS AWARD: Olaf Reinhard Schaaf
This award, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition Ltd, is presented to the author of the best clinical research paper published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice in the preceeding year to November.

The award, which takes the form of textbooks and a cheque, goes this year to Olaf Schaaf for the paper A secure Aberdeen knot: In vitro assessment of knot security in plasma and fat, written with M Glyde and RE Day. Olaf graduated in veterinary science from the University of Sydney in 1997 and has since worked in practice in Sydney and Brisbane. He now works at North Coast Veterinary Specialists, Queensland, Australia.

SIMON AWARD: Malcolm Ness
The Simon award is presented annually to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. Simon, a Golden Retriever owned by Mr J Thomas, a blind telephone operator, also became blind and had his sight restored by surgery, thus enabling him to resume his full duties as a guide dog. Mr Thomas, in appreciation of the work and surgical skill which had made this possible, inaugurated and made this award at the 1962 Annual Congress. The award takes the form of a statuette of ‘Simon’ donated by Veterinary Instrumentation, BSAVA Manuals and a cheque.

Malcolm Ness is this year’s recipient. He has vast experience in the field of small animal surgery, particularly neurosurgery, and is a regular publisher in peer-reviewed journals. Malcolm is a 1982 graduate of the Royal Veterinary College. He travelled as a locum for some time, before settling back in his native Northumberland, where, along with his wife, Judith a veterinary dermatologist, he started Croft Vets.

As Croft Vets grew, Malcolm pursued his interest in small animal surgery, specifically orthopaedics and neurosurgery, gaining first the RCVS Certificate in SA orthopaedics then a Fellowship Diploma in SA spinal disease and later passing the European Surgical Board exams in 1995. Specialist recognition by ECVS and RCVS followed. A full time referral surgeon, current research interests include canine elbow disease and implant failure. Malcolm is a partner in IVOA LLP, a group dedicated to the design and development of novel veterinary orthopaedic implants. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Small Animal Practice.

This award is presented to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine. The award takes the form of BSAVA Manuals, a cheque and a silver salver held for one year and is in memory of CE Woodrow, a founder member of the Association and, of course, its first President.

This year the Woodrow Award is presented to David Church. David has earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher, making major contributions to furthering our profession’s understanding of endocrine disease. He graduated with a BVSc from The University of Sydney in1975. After graduating he was appointed as Small Animal Clinical Instructor at The University of Sydney and then enrolled in a PhD programme in the Faculty of Medicine.

David was appointed as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at The University of Sydney in 1983, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991 and Associate Professor in 1999. He was Hospital Director of The University Veterinary Centre from 1991 until his departure in 2001 to take up the Chair of Small Animal Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. David is currently the Vice Principal of Academic and Clinical Affairs at the Royal Veterinary College.

This award is presented annually by the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity and takes the form of an inscribed figure and a cheque. The award celebrates the memory of Alf Wight, otherwise known to millions as the fictitious James Herriot. Veterinarians on the RCVS register are eligible as recipients of the award which is presented to recognise outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals.

Luke is a young veterinary surgeon who has already achieved great things in the field of animal welfare. He graduated from Bristol University in 1999. After working in mixed practice for a couple of years, Luke undertook a clinical scholarship in large animal medicine and surgery at Cambridge University before locuming and setting up the international animal charity Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) at the beginning of 2003 which he runs on a voluntary basis.

Over the last seven years WVS has developed into a global provider of veterinary support to non-profit organisations and animal charities around the world. In 2009, WVS sent out 53 veterinary teams, assisted over 220 charities and distributed nearly £400,000 worth of medicines and equipment to its associated organisations.


SURGERY: Jamie Wignall
Presented by the BSAVA for the best surgical Clinical Research Abstract presented by a Resident or graduate student at BSAVA Congress 2009 and takes the form of a cheque for continuing education. The winning surgical Clinical Research Abstract was The effect of suture tension and arytenoid lateralisation techniques on pressure in the canine cadaver larynx.

Presented by the BSAVA for the best Clinical Research Abstract presented by a practitioner at BSAVA Congress 2009 and takes the form of a cheque for continuing education. The winning Clinical Research Abstract presented by a practitioner was Prevalence of canine parvovirus in dogs presented with diarrhoea to PDSA PetAid hospitals.

MEDICINE: Jenny Stavisky
Awarded by the BSAVA for the best medical Clinical Research Abstract presented by a Resident or graduate student at BSAVA Congress 2009 and takes the form of a cheque for continuing education. The winning medical Clinical Research Abstract was Canine enteric coronavirus prevalence and shedding in kennelled dogs.


As a memorial to A Noel Ormrod, who died tragically during his term as Senior Vice-President in 1967, the BSAVA presents new books each year to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Trust Library. These will be presented at the RCVS Day in July 2010.


Each year, BSAVA presents awards to the student nurses achieving the highest marks in the NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 examinations. This year the awards will be presented at the BVNA Congress in October.

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