Gil Riley of the Pool House Veterinary Hospital in Lichfield, Staffordshire, has won the annual Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award.

Gil Riley of the Pool House Veterinary Hospital in Lichfield, Staffordshire, has won the annual Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award. The Award was announced at the glittering 21st annual Animal Health Trust (AHT) Equestrian Awards gala dinner held at the Lancaster Hotel in London last night (November 5).
 
Alison Andrew and Gil RileyHorse owners from all over the UK nominated vets who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.
 
AHT chief executive Peter Webbon said: “We received a record number of nominations this year and the standards were incredibly high.  However, Gil was nominated by over 100 clients and we felt he was truly deserving of this award.”
 
The glowing testimonials given by Mr Riley’s clients impressed the judges enough to give him the edge over his closest rivals for this coveted title.
 
Alison Andrew, marketing manager for Petplan, said: “This award recognises the amazing hard work and commitment of people within the equine veterinary profession and those who provide outstanding service to horse owners. All the nominees this year were outstanding and it was very difficult to have to pick only three finalists let alone a winner. However, we felt Gil’s dedication and commitment to caring for horses was outstanding and this was reinforced by the overwhelming support from his customers.”
 
Among the clients to nominate Gil was Susan Hubbard, who said: “He has always been so sympathetic to both clients and equines. He makes himself available on his mobile to any client who wishes to talk to him and he explains all procedures without superiority and in plain and simple language.”
 
On receiving the award, Mr Riley said: “Every day I feel like I’m pulling the greatest trick in that I get paid for doing what I love. To receive further recognition with this award almost feels greedy. I’m tremendously flattered and indebted to all my clients who nominated me.”
 
He went on to praise his team for their dedication and support without whom, he said, this would not have been possible. Special thanks went to his proud wife Emma on the evening of their fifth wedding anniversary.

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