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.

2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to the recent award winners who were presented with their prize at Congress 2018.

The Amoroso Award sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition

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 BSAVA manuals of the recipient’s choice and a cheque.


Malcolm Cobb graduated from Cambridge in 1984 and spent four years in mixed practice in East Anglia. After a residency in internal medicine at RVC, he obtained his DVC in 1993, and a PhD in canine dilated cardiomyopathy in 1996. A year later he joined LEO Animal Health as Technical Manager, obtained an MBA in 2002 and was appointed Country Manager of LEO for the UK and Ireland. In September 2005 he joined the new veterinary school at Nottingham as Deputy Head of School where he has contributed to the establishment of the school and the development of the curriculum.

Gary England - BVetMed PhD DVetMed CertVA DVR DipECAR DipACT FHEA FRCVS

Gary England is the Foundation Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and is Professor of Comparative Veterinary Reproduction. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is recognised as a Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction by the Royal College and the European College of Animal Reproduction. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.

Gary was part of the team responsible for developing the new veterinary curriculum at Nottingham. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an active teacher and clinician, working in animal reproduction and diagnostic imaging.


The Blaine Award sponsored by Royal Canin

This award is presented for contributions to the advancement of small animal science in its widest context by a qualified veterinarian. The award, kindly sponsored by Royal Canin, takes the form of BSAVA manuals and a cheque.


Lucy Davison qualified from Cambridge and, after several years in first opinion practice, undertook a PhD in canine diabetes at the Royal Veterinary College. Following this, she completed a Small Animal Medicine residency in Cambridge, passing the RCVS and ECVIM Specialist examinations in 2006. After completing Wellcome Trust-funded Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cambridge and Oxford, she spent three years as University Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine and Genetics at Cambridge Vet School. She was recently awarded a five-year MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship to study the role of genes and environment in human and canine diabetes mellitus, working collaboratively at the RVC and the University of Oxford. She is a lead investigator in the newly-formed Canine Diabetes Genetics Partnership and Vice-President of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology.


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 and a cheque.

Clarence Rawlings - DVM MS PhD DipACVS

Clarence Rawlings is a general surgeon who is retired from full-time status at the University of Georgia. He continues to practise as a part-time surgeon and a surgery consultant, much of the latter being providing endoscopic training in veterinary hospitals throughout the United States. He is past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and directs Veterinary Endoscopy Training Symposia at the University of Georgia. Dr. Rawlings co-edited Small Animal Endoscopy, 3rd edition, and is working on the 4th edition. He is passionate about helping more veterinarians integrate endoscopy into their practices.


The Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nursing 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 BSAVA manuals and a medal.

Helen Navran – RVN

Helen Navran qualified as a veterinary nurse over 20 years ago. In 2004, Helen became part of the Blue Cross Merton team in London, who she credits for her skillset base and ethics. The profession plays a hugely important role in an animal’s welfare and as a nurse she feels that responsibility every single day.

During Helen’s career she has worked in many practices, dabbled in management and had the opportunity to become a joint venture partner within Vets4Pets in Cardiff Bay last year. Helen strives to inspire her team each day to provide the best care for their patients.


The Dunkin Award

This award is presented to the first named author of the best published paper on small animal medicine in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, during the 12 months ending 30th September.

Victoria Smith - BVMS MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Victoria Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2006 and subsequently returned to the Small Animal Hospital at the University of Glasgow to perform a rotating internship in 2008. Following this, she enjoyed several years in first opinion practice in the UK and in Hong Kong.

Victoria commenced a combined Masters and ECVIM-CA internal medicine residency programme at the University of Glasgow in 2013. Due to a particular interest in feline medicine, she undertook additional examinations during her studies and obtained the title of Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) in Feline Medicine in August 2014. Victoria was awarded her Diploma in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2017 and is currently working as an Internal Medicine Clinician at North Downs Specialist Referrals.


The 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. 

Erika Vernia DVM MRCVS

Erika Vernia graduated from the University of Milan in 2005. Following a period in general practice, she enrolled for one year of postgraduate training in ENT medicine at the Small Animal Department of the University of Milan.

After moving to the UK, Erika has enjoyed working as a first opinion vet. Her areas of interest are dental disease, nasal disease and neurology. She recently joined a busy practice in the Midlands as a Senior Veterinary Surgeon.

In her spare time Erika keeps herself busy learning Japanese and other languages, studying Japanese culture and playing the classical guitar.


The J.A. Wight Memorial Award sponsored by Blue Cross

This award is presented annually by the Blue Cross to a veterinary surgeon who has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of companion animals. The award takes the form of an inscribed figure and a cheque.

Rebeca García Pinillos - BVetMed PhD Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL) MRCVS

Rebeca García Pinillos qualified as a vet at the University of Zaragoza, completed a PhD at the University of Reading and is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. She has worked in general practice and veterinary government work since 2001, joining Defra as Veterinary Adviser in 2008. She has also volunteered with exotic animals and lecturing on animal welfare in a number of different countries.

Rebeca is the Animal Welfare Rep and Junior Vice-President of the Association of Government Vets and founder of the One Welfare World initiative, launching a global consultation to define and create a One Welfare framework as a complement to One Health.



The Melton Award sponsored by Royal Canin

This award, sponsored by Royal Canin, is presented to the first named author of the best published paper on small animal surgery in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, during the 12 months ending 30th September.

Arana Parslow - BVSc BSc (Vet) MANZCVS

Arana Parslow graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and joined a small animal practice on the central coast of New South Wales before moving to the UK in 2007 to work in the same field. In 2009, she returned to Australia to join the team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Queensland. It was here, working on injured koalas that her journey to surgical specialisation began.

A year later, Arana completed a one-year mixed internship at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre before commencing work with the surgical team at the Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) in Homebush. In 2011 she successfully completed her membership examinations in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS).

She has now completed her three-year residency training programme in small animal surgery at the ARH under the guidance of Dr David Simpson and Dr Sarah Goldsmid. After spending time working with specialist surgeons in the United States and Europe, she is currently working towards sitting her Fellowship examinations in Small Animal Surgery with the ANZCVS.


The PetSavers Award sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition

This award, kindly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, is presented for contributions to clinical aspects of small animal practice in its widest context by a qualified veterinarian – to include non-peer reviewed writing, educating, promoting practice, speaking etc. on any aspects of medicine and surgery.

Elise Robertson - BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline) DipABVP (Feline) AFHEA MRCVS

Elise Robertson operates a peripatetic feline medicine and endoscopy/endosurgery referral service. She received her formal endoscopy training from well-known human and veterinary academic institutions based in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the United States.

She is Head European Mentor for ISFM/University of Sydney Distance Education in Feline Medicine, and Course Master for ESAVS (European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies) University of Luxembourg Endosurgery course. She is also co-lecturer at the Veterinary Endoscopy Teaching Center at Colorado State University, and guest lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Veterinary Science, in Bangkok. In addition, she works closely with human colleagues at Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital, Italy, in an attempt to forge an inclusive partnership between both paediatric endoscopic physicians and veterinary surgeons.


The Ray Butcher Award

This award is BSAVA’s ‘unsung hero’ award which is presented annually to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to animal welfare in the community. This award is in memory of Ray Butcher, President of the Association between 1993 – 1994, who sadly passed away in 2015. The award takes the form of a cheque and artwork.

Vicki Betton - BA (Hons) PGDip IDM

A graduate of Lancaster University, Vicki Betton has worked for veterinary charity PDSA since 2006, first establishing a national youth engagement and community education programme, and now leading their Policy and Campaigns team who produce the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, providing an evidence base for development of the organisation’s research strategy, policy framework, veterinary campaigns and public affairs work.

As part of this wider work, Vicki is an officer of the Links Group, which helps veterinary teams recognise the link between family abuse and animal abuse through training courses, interactive online materials, PR, social media engagement and collaboration with partner agencies.

Wendy Sneddon - RVN MSc FInstLM Assoc CIPD

Wendy Sneddon is an award-winning author, fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Wendy is a Business and Leadership coach with almost 30 years of experience within the veterinary profession, starting as a veterinary nurse.

She is Managing Director of, a recruitment advertising site, founder of the Lodestone Lounge, an online community supporting business owners, and creator of GEMS (Great Employee Management system), an online filing system for employee records.

Wendy is passionate about helping to end abuse against both animals and human beings. She is the secretary of The Links Group and co-creator of the module ‘Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes’, designed for human healthcare professionals.


The Simon Award sponsored by Veterinary Instrumentation

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.

Dylan Clements - BSc BVSc PhD DSAS (Orth) DipECVS FHEA FRCVS

Dylan Clements graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1997, having intercalated at the University of Edinburgh in 1995. Initially he worked at the PDSA in Liverpool before completing a surgical residency and registrar post in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the University of Glasgow, and then a PhD for studies into the molecular genetics of canine osteoarthritis at the University of Liverpool. Since 2007, Dylan has been Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the R(D)SVS, where he is involved in the clinical service, teaching and research into the genetic basis and functional aspects of canine osteoarthritis. Dylan also leads the Dogslife project, the largest longitudinal study of canine health in the world.


The Woodrow Award

This award is presented for contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine by a qualified veterinarian.It takes the form of BSAVA manuals, a cheque and President’s artwork. The award is in memory of C.E. Woodrow, a founder member of the Association and, of course, its first President.


Ross Bond graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1985, spent five years in farm and small animal practice and then joined the Royal Veterinary College in 1990, where he is currently Professor of Veterinary Dermatology. His research work into Malassezia yeast infections in dogs led to an award of a PhD in 1996, funded by the BSAVA Clinical Studies Trust Fund (now PetSavers). Ross holds RCVS and European College Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology and is recognised as a specialist in veterinary dermatology by the RCVS. His research interests relate primarily to microbial skin infections in dogs and cats.