Brighton-based vet Marc Abraham has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious “Chris Laurence Vet of the Year” award.
Marc has had an eventful year that’s not only seen him practising as a full-time small animal vet in Sussex, but also neuter dogs and rescue a baby bear in Ukraine, perform surgery on a moonbear in China, as well as gaining 100,000 signatures on his e-petition to end puppy farming – triggering a debate in the House of Commons due in March 2014.
The CEVA Animal Heath award honours and celebrates the fantastic work now retired vet Chris Laurence contributed as a key player in the world of animal welfare, throughout his career in the veterinary industry and for the animal charities from 1968 onwards.
Marc’s campaign to fight puppy farming – Pup Aid – has received huge celebrity backing (including Ricky Gervais and Brian May). He then vowed to do something about the UK’s cruel puppy farming industry.
Speaking about his nomination, Marc said: “I’m incredibly proud to be nominated for such a prestigious award for animal welfare that all helps to raise further awareness of not only my Pup Aid campaign to end puppy farming, but also the fantastic charities and campaign groups out there doing such wonderful work improving animals’ lives.”
“Animal welfare is about caring. It’s about showing empathy and all working together as a team to make sure animals are respected and looked after, whether it’s bear bile farming, puppy farming, badger culling, or fox hunting.”
A spokesperson for award sponsors CEVA said: “We’re approaching our third year of this successful endeavour, to formerly recognise and thank those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
“The Vet of the Year award recognises a veterinary surgeon working in practice that follows the footsteps of Chris [Laurence] by educating pet owners and consistently demonstrating their commitment to the continued improvement of animal welfare.”
- CEVA’s Animal Welfare Awards take place in Birmingham on April 2, 2014. For more info, visit www.cevawelfareawards.com