Following hundreds of entries and much deliberation, Ceva has announced the shortlist for its annual Animal Welfare Awards, which now include four new categories.

The award judges hard at work

The awards, now in their third year, recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have gone the extra mile in improving animal welfare around the world. 
Taking place on April 2, the 2014 awards are being judged by a panel of respected industry professionals including Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and Claire Bessant of International Cat Care. 
Ceva’s 2014’s Awards feature several new categories, which include the Farm Animal Welfare Award, Charity Team of the Year Award and the International Cat Care Welfare Award. 
Media supporters for this year are Veterinary Times, VN Times, Your Dog and Your Cat magazines, while charitable organisations PDSA, Blue Cross, NADIS and International Cat Care also lent their support in sponsoring both new and existing categories.
After much deliberation by the panel the shortlist has been revealed:
Christopher Laurence Vet of the Year Award (in association with Veterinary Times)
  • Suina Ann Reid – Veterinary Surgeon, The Veterinary Health Centre, Lytham St Annes
  • Marc Abraham – founder of Pup Aid 
  • Tracey Ann Manning – Veterinary Surgeon, Hook Vet Centre, Hampshire
Farm Animal Welfare Award (in association with Nadis)
  • Gareth Wyn Jones – Independent Farmer, Llanfairfechan, Wales
  • Molly McKay – Norfolk Farm Vets Ltd, Grimston, Norfolk
  • Simon Haley – Agricultural Consultant, Reading
Charity Professional of the Year (in association with PDSA)
  • Luke Gamble – Worldwide Veterinary Service
  • Alison Ling – Hope Rescue
  • Anna Soillet – The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust
Charity Team of the Year (in association with Your Cat and Your Dog magazines)
  • The Cat Volunteers – National Animal Welfare Trust
  • Hope Rescue
  • Community Engagement Team – Wood Green 
VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Awards
  • Selena Byrne – Vets 4 Pets (Leigh-on-Sea)
  • Mel Boughton – Vets 4 Pets (Banbury)
  • Jodie Foster – Haygate Veterinary Centre (Muxton)
International Cat Care Welfare Award
  • Agnes Dufau – Plataforma Gatera
  • Kate Shervell – Worldwide Veterinary Service
  • Silvana Valentino-Locke – Romney House Cat Rescue
Speaking at the judging day in Bath, Mr Laurence, said: “I think the quality of entries goes up every year and it is wonderful to see more people nominated across all the categories, especially the new categories for 2014. Of course, it does make our job as judges all the more difficult.”
Ceva managing director, Alan Doyle comments: “The judging panel and I were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries we received this year. It’s truly wonderful to read so many stories about honourable people dedicating their time to improve the welfare of animals here and across the globe. The judges had a tough time whittling down the short list as there were so many well-deserved entries, however we are pleased with the final result. I don’t envy their next job in choosing the overall winners!”
Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony held in Birmingham on April 2, 2014.
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