Sean Wensley has concluded his year as BVA president with his final address at BVA Members’ Day 2016, held at the eco-friendly At-Bristol Science Centre on 22 September.

Sean Wensley
Outgoing BVA president Sean Wensley.

During his address he emphasised the strength of the profession in changing times and outlined the roles vets and vet nurses can and do play “in addressing some of society’s most pressing challenges in the [human-animal age]”.

Mr Wensley also discussed the strategic and pragmatic actions BVA has taken this past year as “the world as moved on”.

In with the new

Gudrun Ravetz has been elected president for 2016-7. John Fishwick, head of department at the RVC, was elected junior vice-president and will join the BVA officer team.  Mr Wensley will continue on the officer team as senior vice-president.

Awards made to vets at BVA Members’ Day, held at At-Bristol science centre, include:

  • The Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal was awarded to Stuart Reid for the distinctive contribution made as an exceptional veterinary academic and researcher.
  • The Chiron Award was awarded to Sarah Cleaveland, as a champion for one health and the impacts of her research on human and animal health.
  • The Trevor Blackburn Award was presented to Heather Bacon in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improving animal health and welfare in developing countries through education, charity work and research.
  • The Bleby Cup went to Kathleen Robertson, BVA council representative for Scotland, recognised for her outstanding contribution to the BVA council.
  • The Harry Steele-Bodger Memorial Scholarship was presented to Peter Richards for his study that addresses the hypothesis cattle grazing in silvopastoral systems have lower parasite and tick burdens than those grazing on open pasture.

Travel grants

Gudrun Ravetz
New president Gudrun Ravetz.

BVA Overseas Travel Grants were awarded to:

  • Bethan Warner and Hannah Smith (University of Liverpool) for their study on the prevalence of brown dog tick in a population of dogs in Zanzibar and its role as a vector of canine tick-borne disease
  • Chloe Donovan (RVC) for her investigation into the use of antibiotics by pastoralists in western Kenya
  • Sam Price (RVC) to carry out research using body condition scoring on Asian Elephants in Sri Lanka

The Vetwork UK supported grant was awarded to Stephanie Panayiotou (RVC) for her investigation into the impact of educational programmes on the health and welfare of dogs owned by families in Goa.


The Veterinary Record Awards, for impact, innovation and evidence-based veterinary medicine, were also handed out.

  • The Veterinary Record Impact Award was presented to Simon Archer and colleagues from The University of Nottingham and Scotland’s Rural College for a paper on increasing the recommended claw length for foot trimming in dairy cows.
  • The Veterinary Record Innovation Award was awarded to International Cat Care for its Cat Friendly Clinic programme. The programme was developed after International Cat Care identified a number of problems in the care of cats.
  • The Veterinary Record Evidence Award went to the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at The University of Nottingham.


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