Nominations are now open for an international award recognising fledgling poultry practitioners.

Nominations are now open for an international award recognising fledgling poultry practitioners.

WVPA Young Vet of the Year Award 2013 now openThe 2013 World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Young Veterinarian of the Year aims to recognise outstanding work by vets under the age of 35, with the winner receiving US$5,000 towards attending any global CPD or scientific meetings of their choice.

The award, supported by Pfizer Animal Health Global Poultry, is now in its second year, with the debut gong going to US-based vet and industry consultant Kelli Holloway Jones in October 2012.

The winner of next year’s award will be announced at the WVPA annual congress, due to be held in France in August 2013.  

WVPA’s Trevor Bagust said the standard of candidates for the award’s first year was exceptional and that his organisation was proud to be continuing its collaboration with Pfizer “in recognition of the outstanding contribution that young veterinarians make to our industry”.

2013 winner Kelli Holloway Jones and Pfizer's Hector BadilloHe added: “WVPA is looking for someone who not only displays a commitment to bird health and customer care, but someone who goes above and beyond and demonstrates a real passion for the poultry industry.”

Head of marketing for Pfizer’s global poultry section Hector Badillo said: “Young vets are the future of our industry and this award celebrates the best young talent.

“As part of our role in the industry, we meet many young vets who demonstrate excellence, not only in their day-to-day business, but who go beyond the call of duty.

“We encourage such candidates to apply, or for colleagues aware of their contribution to nominate them for this award.”

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2013 and candidates must be under the age of 35 on January 1, 2013.

Entrants are asked to provide a 500-word synopsis of their contribution to the global poultry industry and why they should win and submissions can be made online here.

Chicken picture courtesy of the RVC
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