The Veterinary Marketing Association (VMA) has launched its search for the rising stars of animal health marketing.

From left, Justin Phillips, the 2013 winner, Amanda Melvin, the 2014 winner, Malcolm Bridges, from British Dairying magazine and Kate Silverton, BBC presenter and host of the 2013 awards.
From left, Justin Phillips, the 2013 winner, Amanda Melvin, the 2014 winner, Malcolm Bridges, from British Dairying magazine and Kate Silverton, BBC presenter and host of the 2013 awards.

It wants nominations from among young marketers and their colleagues for the VMA Young Marketer Award 2015.

Sponsored by British Dairying magazine, the successful candidate will receive a £2,000 bursary for their ongoing marketing training and development and a personal prize of £500. Two runners up will each receive £100.

Last year’s winner Amanda Melvin, from MSD Animal Health, and 2013 winner Justin Phillips, marketing manager for White Cross Vets, both said award opened up fantastic opportunities for them.

Mr Phillips said: “Entering the VMA Young Marketer award kick-started a fantastic 12 months for me and I would encourage anyone who is passionate about their marketing role, or who has a rising star in their organisation, to enter this year’s award.

“Winning opened many doors that have enabled me to spend time with leading figures in veterinary marketing and has gained me respect among colleagues and my peers in the industry.”

Ms Melvin is using her £2,000 bursary to attend a course titled Squared online certificate in digital marketing.

Award organiser and one of the judges, VMA committee member Mo Gannon from MG&A, said the award recognised a young marketer who had demonstrated an excellent grasp of marketing products and/or services in the animal health sector.

“The successful candidate will also receive ongoing support and advice from a VMA committee of industry professionals,” she said.

A shortlist of three candidates will be selected to meet a panel of industry judges to discuss their nomination in more detail and complete a short case study.

Candidates must be aged 34 or younger on 18 March 2016 and/or have been in marketing for less than five years on that date. They must have been working in the animal health industry for 12 months prior to that date and must be working in the animal health industry on this date.

This could be, for example but not exclusively, for a pharmaceutical company, an agency, an association, a veterinary practice or an agricultural supplier. Submissions must arrive at VMA no later than 31 January 2016. The awards event takes place on 18 March at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

For more information, visit www.vma.org.uk or contact VMA secretary Colin George on 0844 561 6157 or 07845 141171, or email secretary@vma.org.uk

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