Canine specialist scoops prestigious Simon Award

Apr 20, 2018

Dr Dylan Clements honoured for his outstanding contributions to veterinary surgery A canine specialist has won a prestigious award for his outstanding contributions to veterinary surgery. Dr Dylan Clements from the University of Edinburgh received the Simon Award at the 2018 BSAVA Congress in Birmingham. A senior lecturer in small animal surgery at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, Dr Clements carries out research into the genetic basis and functional aspects of canine osteoarthritis. He also leads the Dogslife Project – the largest, long-term study of canine health in the world. Commenting on his award, Dr Clements said: “I am very honoured to receive the Simon Award and would like to thank the many colleagues with whom I work with, and the undergraduate students, postgraduate students and residents I have been lucky enough to supervise. “Receipt of the award is wonderful recognition for our work together to advance the field of veterinary surgery.” Awarded annually, the Simon Award is named after a golden retriever guide dog whose sight was... ...

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Charity founder receives animal welfare award

Apr 16, 2018

Maria Pinto Teixeira founded Animals de Rua in Portugal   The founder of a Portuguese animal charity has received the iCatCare Welfare Award, which recognises 10 years of tireless work to improve the lives of cats and dogs in her home country. Maria Pinto Teixeira accepted the award at CEVA’s Animal Welfare Awards in Birmingham on 4 April. iCatCare said her hands-on welfare work, training, sharing of knowledge and influence on legislation made her ‘the obvious choice’. After beginning her career as a lawyer, Maria became concerned about the plight of unowned cat colonies in Portugal. She took it upon herself to seek out a humane solution to the problem, travelling to the UK and USA to learn how to carry out trap-neuter-return (TNR) work. She left her legal practice in 2008 and founded Animals de Rua in 2008. While the charity initially carried out TNR work in her hometown of Oporto, it has since grown into one of the most recognised and respected animal welfare organisations in the country. Animals... ...

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‘The Idea’ by VetPrep Awards Three Veterinary Student Teams $17,500 in Prizes

Apr 16, 2018

The 2nd annual finale of ‘The Idea’ concluded with three student team presentations to a live audience and was also broadcast on Facebook Live The Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Symposium was held March 15 – 17 in beautiful Center City Philadelphia. Among the engaging lectures, clinical skills competitions, and events was the second annual live finale of “The Idea,” an innovation competition exclusively for veterinary students, and hosted by VetPrep and ViralVet. In addition, the Veterinary Innovation Lab from Texas A&M joined VetPrep in supporting the year-long competition. Over 27 student teams from across North America entered the competition during the 2017-2018 season. The semi-finalists worked closely with Dr. Aaron Massecar from the Texas A&M Veterinary Innovation Lab, as well as many other guest mentors to take an entrepreneurial and innovative journey that resulted in the selection of three teams to compete in the live finals held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia. Judges of the live finals included Dr. Omar Farias (Hill’s Pet... ...

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RVN wins award for improving animal welfare in India

Mar 19, 2018

Charity founder receives RCVS International Award Veterinary nurse Rachel Wright, who founded the Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) in India, has received an International Award from the RCVS, recognising her work to improve animal welfare overseas. TOLFA is a veterinary hospital and animal shelter in Rajasthan, India. Since its inception 12 years ago, it has treated more than 155,000 sick or injured animals, sterilised more than 21,000 animals and rabies-vaccinated over 26,000 street dogs. In addition, the charity’s education projects have taught more than 5,600 children about dog bites and rabies prevention, as well as the importance of the ‘five freedoms’ for animals. The RCVS board “unanimously agreed” that Rachel should be a recipient of this year’s International Award. President Stephen May said: “Our International Awards really demonstrate that our work as veterinary health professionals does not stop at the borders of the UK and that sharing knowledge, skills, time and effort with our international colleagues improves the health and welfare of animals across the world. “The hospital that... ...

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BEVA wins prestigious welfare award

Dec 18, 2017

The BEVA Trust was presented with The British Horse Society Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare” from president Martin Clunes. The award was presented at The British Horse Society (BHS) annual awards ceremony, held at Saddlers’ Hall in London. The BEVA Trust – the association’s volunteering arm – was presented with The BHS Welfare Award “for excellent service in the cause of equine welfare”. It was received by Julian Samuelson, BEVA Trust chairman, and Fiona Cunnington, BEVA Trust secretariat, from BHS president Martin Clunes. The BEVA Trust provides opportunities, support and funding to allow members of the veterinary team to volunteer for projects that enhance equine welfare both locally and globally. Through the support of The BEVA Trust, volunteers have supported the BHS‘s health care campaign and have castrated 342 horses over the past two years. All this support has come in the form of vets, nurses, students and farriers volunteering their expertise for the day, and 729 horses have now attended the health care clinics.... ...

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