The top welfare champions of the veterinary profession and voluntary sectors have been recognised at this year’s Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.

The top welfare champions of the veterinary profession and voluntary sectors have been recognised at this year’s Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.

Plymouth-based vet Tim Phillips was awarded the Chris Laurence Vet of the Year awardThe awards, now in their second year, were created by the manufacturer to honour the contributions of individuals in combating animal welfare issues in the UK and abroad.

Family and friends originally nominated all of the winners. The Ceva judging panel was made up of veterinary stalwart Chris Laurence, business expert and International Cat Care representative Ross Tiffin, Wood Green Animal Shelter chief executive Dennis Baker and media vets Joe Inglis and Marc Abraham.

This year’s Chris Laurence Vet of the Year award went to Plymouth-based Tim Phillips, who, for more than a decade, has travelled to Greece to help treat and rehome stray dogs.

Speaking to Vetsonline, Tim was modest about receiving his gong, saying he never expected to win.

“It’s just something I do, I don’t really think about it, but I’m delighted the profile of the Greek charities has been raised,” he said.

“Greece is an area where I’m able to to actually do something. The degree of animal abuse and neglect out there is so bad I think it’s very important to help, and I hope to continue doing it for as long as I can.”

Other winners included:

  • Welfare Nurse of the Year: Scott Parry of Bridge Veterinary Surgery, who volunteers at the RSPCA’s Brent Knoll Animal Centre and volunteers his own time to foster and rehabilitate injured animals
  • Young Person of the Year: six-year-old Logan McKerron who last year raised £28,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People after making his own Olympic torch and selling it on eBay
  • Charity Professional of the Year: Kim Taylor, who co-founded Animal Care Egypt, which runs a large charity animal hospital and educates local people on animal welfare
  • UK Volunteer of the Year Award: Faye Stacey of Devon-based People4Ponies in Devon, which has campaigned to end the ear cutting, notching and tagging of UK equines
  • International Volunteer of the Year: Jen White, who volunteers her time to work as overseas operations director for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ceva’s head of global pharmaceuticals Pascal Raoul said: “Ceva is delighted to host these Animal Welfare Awards as they help highlight the incredible affection and care that people have for animals.

“With six billion people living in megacities in the future, companion animals will often be their major link to nature. The benefits that animals have on improving human health are well documented. In turn, we all have a duty to protect them and this evening we have seen some of the best examples, from professionals, members of the public, young and old, as to how that should be done.”

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