An animal health advisor working in Cumbria has won an award for achieving a high level of competence and support for her equine customers.

Domino (right) receives her award from Katie Jerram.

Domino Phillips, who works for Carrs Billington in Cumbria, was crowned the winner of the Virbac 3D Worming Equine SQP of the Year at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.

The award, now in its fourth year and presented this year by leading show horse producer Katie Jerram, is a “highly regarded and prestigious industry accolade”, said Virbac, awarding SQPs who excel at providing members of the equine community with sound, knowledgeable and responsible advice on horse worming, while being aware of their obligations under veterinary medicines legislation.

Miss Phillips, who has been working for Carrs for the past 18 months, has thrown herself into her work as an SQP, said Virbac. She says the theory behind faecal egg counts and giving customers good advice are the most rewarding parts of her job. In fact, she has an ex-racehorse she hopes to compete herself, so knows the importance of correct worming for top condition and good general health.

“I am extremely proud to be part of this competition and to win is just a complete surprise; I am chuffed,” she said. “Plus, to be at the Horse of the Year Show is a real treat – my dream is to ride here one day.”

To decide on a winner, said Virbac, the five finalists were subjected to an interview with an expert panel chaired by the company’s Chris Taylor, Moredun Institute parasitology PhD student Claire McArthur and last year’s winner Simon Wetherald. The finalists had also undergone a mystery shop earlier in the year, the results of which were evaluated by the panel before they decided on this year’s winner.

“Once again we were presented with a very high calibre of finalists,” said Virbac marketing director Chris Liggett. “Virbac would like to congratulate all the finalists and we hope they had a fantastic evening at the Horse of the Year Show.”

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