The RSPCA has presented two members of the veterinary profession with awards at its annual RSPCA Honours award ceremony in recognition of their work on animal welfare.
The RSPCA has presented two members of the veterinary profession with awards in recognition of their work on animal welfare.
The charity hosted its RSPCA Honours on Saturday (September 8, 2012). In total, 16 awards were received by 19 different participants, all of whom had demonstrated active work towards improving the welfare of animals.
Winning the Queen Victoria Gold Medal – which recognises long and valued service to the RSPCA – was David Grant, the recently retired director of Harmsworth Animal Hospital, north London.
Dr Grant has been director of the hospital – which featured in the BBC’s popular Animal Hospital series, presented by Rolf Harris – for 25 years. Most recently, Dr Grant has been outspoken on the issues on irresponsible dog breeding, and has provided veterinary insight into the problem for the RSPCA.
Meanwhile, Richard Ssuna, chief vet of the LSPCA (Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals), was awarded the William Wiberforce Award, recognising his efforts in helping the LSPCA to be at the forefront of animal welfare in Malawi.
Dr Ssuna is one of just a handful of vets in the country, and runs the LSPCA’s mobile community veterinary clinic, spaying and neutering in low-income communities. He also collaborates with the Malawi government on national veterinary issues.
Other awards went to high-performing inspectors, vigilant members of the public and animal welfare activists. The ceremony was presented by Bill Oddie at the RSPCA’s headquarters in Southwater, Horsham.