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BSAVA Awards

The BSAVA Awards recognise outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary practice. They give the veterinary profession's unsung heroes much deserved recognition during the Award Ceremony at BSAVA Congress.

Thank you for all your nominations for 2017. The winners will be notified shortly.

2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to the recent award winners who were presented with their prize at Congress 2016. 2017 nominations will open in May 2016 on the BSAVA website.

THE AMOROSO AWARD

This award was instituted in memory of the late Professor EC Amoroso of the Royal Veterinary College and is presented for outstanding contributions to small animal studies by a non-clinical member of university staff. This award is kindly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and takes the form of a textbook of the awardee’s choice and a cheque.

                                   

Kieron Salmon
BVSc PhD PGCertHE FHEA MRCVS

Kieron Salmon graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1996 and spent a year in equine practice at Hampden Veterinary Hospital, Aylesbury, followed by 2 years in small animal practice at Birch Veterinary Centre, Birkenhead.

At this point in his career Kieron decided he wanted to teach so returned to the University of Liverpool in 1999 to complete a PhD, followed by a post-doctoral position. In 2006 he started a lectureship in anatomy and small animal studies, followed by a lectureship in pre-clinical sciences and clinical skills. Kieron is currently Head of Veterinary Education at the University of Liverpool.

 

THE BLAINE AWARD
This award is presented for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery. The award, kindly sponsored by Royal Canin, takes the form of textbooks and a cheque.

Laura Blackwood
BVMS(Hons) PhD MVM CertVR DipECVIM-CA(Onc) MRCVS

Laura Blackwood graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1990, and was a house surgeon then locum resident in oncology. In 1993 she moved to a PetSavers Residency in Clinical Oncology at the university of Cambridge. After finishing her residency in 1996, Laura completed a PhD in gene therapy for thyroid tumours at the University of Glasgow. She returned to clinics in Glasgow, then moved to the University of Liverpool in January 2002, as Head of the small Animal Division. Laura was made Professor of Small Animal Oncology in 2011 and heads up the oncology team.

 

THE BOURGELAT AWARD
This award is presented by the BSAVA as the primary recognition for really outstanding international contributions to the field of small animal practice. The award takes the form of BSAVA manuals, artwork and a cheque.

Holger A. Volk
DVM PGCAP PhD DipECVN FHEA MRCVS

Holger Volk is the Clinical Director of the Royal Veterinary College Small Animal Referral Hospital, Professor of Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery and currently the President of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. He graduated from the Veterinary School of Hanover in 2001, where he also did a PhD in  neuropharmacology. He then completed an internship and a residency in neurology and
neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College.

Holger is known for his work in the field of Chiari-like malformation/syringomyelia and epilepsy. Holger has been leading the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force, which recently published seven consensus statements for canine and feline epilepsy and was a co-chair of the recently published ACVIM consensus statement about medical treatment of epilepsy. He has published multiple books, over 140 articles and over 200 conference abstracts, and is a frequent speaker on the international conference circuit.

 

THE BRUCE VIVASH JONES VETERINARY NURSE AWARD
This award is presented by the BSAVA as the primary recognition for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing. The award takes the form of textbooks and a medal.

 

 

Katherine Kissick
MA CertEd RVN

Katherine Kissick holds teaching certificates and a masters degree in education. She has had part-time teaching roles in veterinary nursing and was a full time lecturer at Myerscough College in 1993 and Head of Department for Veterinary Nursing and Farriery Science from 1998–2015. She is now phasing her retirement undertaking remote online Advanced Veterinary Nursing teaching from Alderney, Channel Islands.

 

  

 

 Louise O’Dwyer
MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia & ECC) DipAVN(Medical & Surgical) RVN

Louise O’Dwyer gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007, Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014. Louise has contributed to over 35 books, and journal articles, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control. Louise spent 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester, firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director. In October 2015 Louise moved to VetsNow to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care, but particularly trauma patients, as well as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management.

 

THE DUNKIN AWARD
This award is presented to the author of the most valuable article published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) by a small animal practitioner during the 12 months ending 30th September 2015.
The aim of the award is to encourage the publication of high quality research performed by a small animal practitioner. To qualify for this award, the first author of the paper should be a practitioner working outside of academia. The award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque.

Micha C. Simons
VMD

Post‐operative complications and owner satisfaction following partial caudectomies

Micha Simons graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. She completed rotating and surgical internships at a private specialty practice in Long Island, New York, followed by a surgical and emergency internship at the University of Missouri. Micha then completed a residency in small animal surgery at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pennsylvania. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery at Purdue University. Her main clinical and research interests include wound management, surgical oncology and reconstruction.

 

FRANK BEATTIE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of Frank Beattie, a well‑respected practising veterinary surgeon and long-standing member of the BSAVA, and is awarded annually from a generous gift given by Frank’s widow, Annie. The scholarship worth £2000 allows a member of the BSAVA to undertake a trip abroad to study a particular aspect of veterinary practice.

       

 

Rachel Dean
BVMS PhD DSAM(fel) MRCVS
Recognised RCVS specialist in Feline Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor in Feline Medicine, University of Nottingham
Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham            

Rachel Dean graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and spent 6 years in practice before working at the feline centre at the University of Bristol from 2002–2005. Rachel holds the RCVS Diploma in Feline Medicine and completed a PhD on the epidemiology of feline injection site sarcomas. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Feline Medicine at the University of Nottingham where she directs the Centre of Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. Rachel has a particular interest in feline infectious diseases and vaccination, and is passionate about improving the health and welfare of homeless cats and dogs. She is the inaugural chair of the Association of Charity Vets.

 

THE J.A. WIGHT MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is presented by the Blue Cross to recognise outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. The award takes the form of an inscribed figure and a cheque.

David Grant
MBE BVetMed CertSAD FRCVS

After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 1968, David Grant became a temporary veterinary inspector during the foot‑and-mouth epidemic. He then moved to Kent and worked in farm practice. Following 3 years at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital (which he later became Director of from 1987–2012), David spent a sabbatical year in Medellin, Colombia, did a spell at a small animal practice in London and then 3 years at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, obtaining the RCVS Diploma in Canine Dermatology by examination.

He has been an examiner for the certificate and diploma in veterinary dermatology for the RCVS and is a former President of the European Society for Veterinary Dermatology. David was also one of the original members of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Group.

 

THE JSAP ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is designed to recognise outstanding contributions to the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP). The journal relies upon an extensive voluntary network of referees to carry out the peer-review of papers, as well as on its loyal authors and those who have in the past contributed to the workings of the editorial board. The award is decided by the Editor and Associate Editors, and is open to all bar the current Editor and Associate Editor team. The award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque.

Mike Martin
MVB DVC MRCVS

Mike Martin qualified from the University College Dublin in 1986. He worked for 2 years in mixed practice and 4 years at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, as a house-physician and then as a resident in veterinary cardiology. During this time he gained the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology and then RCVS Specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology in 1995, which has been re-validated every 5 years since. He has also been an examiner for the RCVS at certificate and diploma level.

Mike worked at his own private referral practice from 1992 to 2015 and then moved his cardiology service within Willows Referral Centre, Solihull. He is a frequent CPD lecturer within Europe and has presented his clinical research at specialist cardiology meetings in both Europe and the USA. He has been both Honorary Secretary and Chairman of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society.

Mike has published over 40 scientific peer-reviewed papers and two textbooks, Small Animal ECGs: An Introductory Guide (3rd edition) and Cardiorespiratory Diseases of the Dog and Cat (2nd edition) published by Wiley, and written a number of book chapters in veterinary textbooks, including the chapter on Syncope in Ettinger 8th edition.

 

 THE MELTON AWARD
This award is presented for meritorious contributions by a veterinary surgeon to small animal veterinary practice and is kindly sponsored by Royal Canin. The award, which takes the form of BSAVA manuals and a cheque, is open only to veterinary surgeons in general practice.

Jeremy Queen
BVSc CertSAO MRCVS

Jeremy Queen graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1988. After a spell in practice, he undertook a residency and then lectureship in small animal orthopaedics. He published, and presented at BSAVA, during this time. Since moving into private practice he has undertaken only (mostly referral) orthopaedic and spinal surgery. He has authored a series of orthopaedic articles and runs a local radiography group. Jeremy has given numerous talks, has been a supervisor for several RCVS surgery certificate candidates, and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Orthopaedics.

 

THE PETSAVERS AWARD
This award is presented to the author of the best clinical research paper published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) during the 12 months ending 30th September 2015. The award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque and is kindly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Gillian Calvo
BSc(Hons) DipAVN DipHE CVN(Small Animal) CCRP RVN

Development of a behaviour‐based measurement tool with defined intervention level for assessing acute pain in cats

Gillian Calvo graduated as a veterinary nurse in 2001 and during her 14 year career has endlessly pushed the boundaries of her profession undertaking various clinical nursing, research and management roles within three University veterinary schools and private referral practice across the UK and Ireland. Gillian has specialised in clinical roles ranging from neurology and rehabilitation, orthopaedics and anaesthesia. Throughout this time she has been awarded a first class honours degree in Clinical Vet Nursing with a corresponding ‘Top Dissertation Award’, the RCVS Advanced Vet Nursing Diploma, Advanced Clinical Vet Nurse Diploma and a Certificate as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee.

Gillian actively entered the realms of clinical research in 2011 while Head Nurse at the University College Dublin and continues to embark on research projects alongside her latest role as the Patient Flow Manager at the Royal Veterinary College. Gillian remains fearlessly intrigued and excited about the challenges ahead of her, both in research and in her management role, and hopes this award will inspire veterinary nurses across the country.

 

THE RAY BUTCHER AWARD
This brand new award is in memory of Ray Butcher, President of the Association between 1993–1994, who sadly passed away in 2015. The award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to animal welfare in the community and takes the form of a cheque and glassware.

Jean Morris
BVSc MRCVS

Jean Morris qualified from the University of Bristol in 1960, where she feels the small group size (28 students in her year) contributed to the excellent training she received. Still close with her year group, they have enjoyed a reunion every year since graduating. In 1961, Jean married Malcolm and had four children. She started her own practice in the basement of her Newport house in the late 1960s, which grew from a single consulting table in one room to purpose-built premises. Although she sold the practice in 2000, Jean still enjoys working there almost full-time. Jean considers herself to be an old fashioned general practitioner, who has been lucky enough to have a job she has loved all her life, while helping people and their animals along the way.

 

THE SIMON AWARD
This award is presented to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. Simon, a Golden Retriever owned by Mr J. Thomas, a blind telephone operator, also became blind and had his sight restored by surgery, thus enabling him to resume his full duties as a guide dog. Mr Thomas, in appreciation of the work and surgical skill which had made this possible, inaugurated and made this award at the 1962 annual Congress. The award takes the form of a statuette of ‘Simon’, BSAVA manuals and a cheque and is kindly sponsored by Veterinary Instrumentation.

Jacqueline Reid
BVMS PhD DVA DipECVAA MRCVS

Jacqueline Reid graduated from the University of Glasgow and after being awarded her PhD in 1984, went on to specialise in veterinary anaesthesia, during which time she developed an interest in pain assessment and management. She is a founding member of the Glasgow University Pain and Welfare Group, a multidisciplinary team with expertise in veterinary medicine, statistics, animal behaviour and psychometric instrument design. Jacqueline is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and a Director in NewMetrica, a research company that specialises in the development of scientifically robust instruments to measure pain and health‑related quality of life in non-verbal species.

 

THE WOODROW AWARD
This award is presented to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine. The award takes the form of BSAVA manuals, a cheque and a gift from the President in memory of C.E. Woodrow, a founder member of the Association and its first President.

 

Claudia Hartley
BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS

Claudia Hartley qualified from the University of Bristol and spent 9 years in mixed general practice, achieving her RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology. She undertook her residency at the Animal Health Trust, and gained her European Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2007. Claudia has been an RCVS Recognised Specialist since 2011 and was Head of Ophthalmology at the Animal Health Trust until 2015.

 

 

 

 

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