The BEVA Welfare Award 2013 has been presented to Professor A M “Mac” Johnston in recognition of his long-standing commitment to mentoring and supporting vets working in the remote Scottish Highlands.
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Welfare Award 2013, sponsored by Blue Cross, has been presented to Professor A M “Mac” Johnston in recognition of his long-standing commitment to mentoring and supporting vets working in the remote Scottish Highlands, helping to improve the welfare of horses in the region.
Prof Johnston was a lecturer in equine medicine at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) for many years. Living in the Scottish Highlands and commuting to the RVC in London, Mac provided much needed expert help to local people and vets.
Since retiring, he has continued to share his knowledge and guidance by working in the community mentoring younger vets and dealing with difficult cases. Mac is a widely published author and a renowned authority in public health.
The award, introduced by BEVA in conjunction with the Blue Cross in 2000, is a formal recognition of significant contributions made by veterinary surgeons and others to horse welfare. It was presented to Prof Johnston at the 52nd annual BEVA Congress in Manchester on September 12, 2013 by Blue Cross director of external affairs, Steve Goody.
Mr Goody said: “Mac Johnston has shown unparalleled commitment to the support and advancement of horse veterinary education and welfare, both at local and national levels. His tireless endeavour makes him a very worthy recipient of this award. I have great pleasure in presenting it and offer many congratulations.”