Norfolk vet Philip Hammond “a great communicator and a fantastic ambassador for the profession” according to WVPA president Trevor Bagust.
Norfolk vet Philip Hammond has been named as the 2013 winner of the WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Association) Young Veterinarian of the Year.
Mr Hammond was selected from nominations and applications from around the world by a panel of global experts, and his award was presented during the 18th WVPA Congress, which took place in Nantes, France, from August 19-23.
Of his success, Mr Hammond said: “It’s a great honour to receive the award, and to have that recognition from my colleagues and peers. Poultry has been a passion of mine since I was eight years old and I look forward to continuing to support the industry in the future.”
Mr Hammond qualified in 2003 from the Royal Veterinary College and has recently completed a master’s degree in avian health. He gained experience of poultry management in a number of countries, but is most at home in his native Norfolk, where he is now a partner in Crowshall Veterinary Services, which is responsible for a significant proportion of the UK poultry industry, including one integrator producing 750,000 broilers each week.
Mr Hammond claims the key to being a good poultry vet is good communication: “I think you need to listen to what your clients’ needs are and ensure that you do everything possible to meet those needs.”
WVPA president Trevor Bagust said: “Philip is a great communicator and a fantastic ambassador for the profession. I am really happy that we can acknowledge and support his passion for poultry health, and help him to further his experience at a global level.”
For the second year running the award has been supported by Zoetis, and Mr Hammond will receive a grant to attend poultry meetings of his choice anywhere in the world – however, he has already set his sights on attending the AAAP in the USA next year.