The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) has announced the winners of its annual awards, recognising sustained contributions to the veterinary profession across a wide range of areas.
In the clinical sector, The Bourgelat Award has gone to Laurent Garosi in recognition of truly outstanding international contributions to the field of small animal practice, particularly his work on cerebrovascular disease and clinical characteristics of movement disorders in dogs.
The Simon Award, sponsored by Veterinary Instrumentation and presented to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery, went to Sarah Girling for her work in the field of orthopaedics and the successful hip replacement programme at Fitzpatrick Referrals.
The Woodrow Award for the advancement of small animal medicine has gone to Kit Sturgess, while the main teaching accolade – The Amoroso Award, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition – went to Martin Hawes.
In the welfare category, Julie Dugmore was named as winner of The Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nursing Award; Daniella Dos Santos the winner of The J.A. Wight Memorial Award, sponsored by Blue Cross, for the veterinary surgeon who has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of companion animals; and Claire Bessant the winner of The Ray Butcher Award for the industry’s ‘unsung hero’ who has made a significant contribution to animal welfare in the community.
Claire has been with International Cat Care for 25 years, during which time she has transformed a small organisation focusing on breeders into an international charity with a vital role in veterinary education.
Other accolades go to Wendy Mandese – The Dunkin Award for the author of the best original research article on small animal medicine; Marzia Stabile – The Melton Award, sponsored by Royal Canin, for the author of the best original research article on small animal surgery; Ross Bond – The PetSavers Veterinary Achievement Award, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, for the author of the most valuable full research paper published following a BSAVA PetSavers’ grant; and Rosanne Jepson – The Blaine Award sponsored by Royal Canin for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery.
The awards will be officially presented at this year’s BSAVA Congress taking place in Manchester on March 24-26. The award winners from 2021 will be presented with their prizes at the same time.
BSAVA honorary secretary Krista Arnold said: “Congratulations to all those that are receiving an accolade. All the nominations were exceptional, making judging particularly difficult this year.”