Equine vet Jane Jackson of Essex-based House and Jackson veterinary practice has won the Riding for the Disabled Association’s (RDA) Vet of the Year award.

Vet of the Year and runners-up at the RDA awards.

Hosted by TV racing pundit and presenter Clare Balding at Hotel Russell, London, the awards ceremony provided a night of glitz for the three hard working equine vets who had been shortlisted for the award.

Jane said she was surprised, but delighted, to have won. “It was very pleasant to be recognised, but I feel humbled to be singled out when so many other people do so much to help the RDA.

“I was very kindly nominated by Deborah Hall and the team at Chigwell Riding Trust; however, before being shortlisted, I knew I had been nominated for something, but I didn’t know what. They do a brilliant job at Chigwell and I feel privileged to be part of it. Chigwell Riding Trust was the first riding centre for people with special needs in the world and this year celebrated its 50th anniversary,” she added.

Nominations were invited from individuals or groups based on their vet’s contribution to their group or area over the past year. The two runners-up, who also attended the gala dinner, were Goncalo Fonseca Esteves from the Royal Veterinary College and Hamish McLean from Donald S McGregor and Partners, a member of XLEquine.

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