Snap Happy Vets Wow Judges



Snap-happy vets wow judges
7th September 2017

By Karen Pickwick

Vets Mandy Knight and Jen Rowland stunned a panel of judges to clinch the joint top title in the British Veterinary Association’s second annual photo competition, which saw nearly 500 entries from around the UK offering a unique insight into the daily life of a vet and the world of animals.
Mandy Knight, an Australian-born small animal vet, won in the You and Your Work category with her photograph ‘Happy Enterotomy”, which captures a smiley squeeze-toy being removed from the stomach of a Labrador. Mixed-practice vet Jen Rowland captured the judges’ attention with her image of rare and native North Ronaldsey and Dartmoor sheep grazing under the Milky Way in Northumberland in The wonderful world of animals category.
Of her winning photo, Mandy, who is currently taking time out from full-time work, said: “I am so thrilled to be able to share this photo. It was actually about 10 years or so ago that I encountered this dog. We knew from radiographs that he had eaten a ball, but it was a lovely surprise to make the incision into the stomach and have this happy little chap beam out at us! We have such a cool job as vets and this just nails it.”
Mandy and Jen each receive £250 worth of gift vouchers from John Lewis.
The gallery of BVA Veterinary photographer of the year is available to view at