BSAVA Awards 2017

Now in its 55th year, the prestigious BSAVA Awards recognise outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and surgery.  At Congress 2017, we honoured 17 recipients who were nominated by colleagues for their dedication to veterinary science.

The Amoroso Award sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition

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

Sarah Baillie BSc BVSc CertCHP MSc(IT) PhD PFHEA MRCVS (Please note: Sheena Warman, pictured right, picked up the award on Sarah's behalf).

“I was very honoured to receive the award and one of the really positive things was how it was also seen as an ‘award’ for those who work with me and have helped to bring about many of the changes in our clinical skills teaching”.

Sarah Baillie has enjoyed a varied career: she was in clinical practice for many years, then undertook a PhD developing computer simulators and most recently has led a major curriculum review at Bristol Vet School. She has a diverse portfolio of educational research including assessment, peer assisted learning, professionalism and business skills. Sarah is particularly passionate about clinical skills and has developed many innovative models to help students prepare for EMS and clinical practice. Her work has been recognised through the Times Higher Education’s Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award and she demonstrated the Haptic Cow at the BBC Christmas Lectures in 2014.



The Melton Award sponsored by Royal Canin

This award is for meritorious contributions to small animal practice by a veterinary surgeon 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.


“Receiving the 2017 Melton Award was a tremendous privilege, and not something that, as a vet in practice I thought would ever come my way. It was an award I am sure I could never have won without the help and support of the rest of The Pets'n'Vets Family team and undoubtedly a highlight of my veterinary career".

Ross Allen graduated from Glasgow University in 2001 and briefly worked in mixed practice prior to returning to The Pets‘n’Vets Family, Glasgow in 2002, becoming a partner in 2010. Ross was one of the first cohort to attain the BSAVA Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2014 and achieved RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status in 2015. Through involvement with various groups, Ross has keenly supported the contribution that general practice can make to the veterinary evidence base. He has also been involved with many aspects of BSAVA both regionally and also as International Affairs Committee Chair. He is the current Public Relations Officer.



The Simon Award sponsored by Vet Instrumentation

This award is presented annually 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.

Eithne Comerford MVB PhD CertVR CertSAS PGCertHE DipECVS FHEA MRCVS

"I was so pleased and surprised to get this award after, at times, a challenging year and it really made all the difference to reassure me that I was doing a reasonable job. If you think you can make this difference to your colleagues, then nominate them in the next set of awards". 

Eithne Comerford graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD, Ireland in 1995. From 1995–2006 she worked at the University of Bristol, where she was awarded her PhD on the pathogenesis of cranial cruciate ligament disease. Since 2006, Eithne has worked at the University of Liverpool becoming Professor of Small Animal Surgery (and Head of Musculoskeletal Biology) in 2014. Her main clinical interests include minimally invasive joint surgery and cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD). In her role as Head of Musculoskeletal Biology, she manages a team of 18 academics as well as developing her research into the structural changes in human and canine cruciate ligaments with ageing and disease. In her spare time she keeps herself busy with six-year-old twins, teaching them front crawl, and singing in a band.




The Woodrow Award

This award is presented to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine. 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.


Penny Watson is a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge where she helps run a busy internal medicine teaching and referral clinic.  After graduating from Cambridge in 1989, she spent 4 years in mixed practice before returning to Cambridge. She has been there ever since and is now an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. Penny is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and ECVIM Vice President. Her research focuses on liver and pancreas disease in dogs and cats, particularly chronic disease and fibrosis.



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

This award is presented by the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity to recognise outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. The award takes the form of an inscribed figure and a cheque.

Paula Boyden BVetMed MRCVS

“It was an enormous honour to receive the J A Wight Award. To be recognized by my peers means a huge amount to me, particularly as there are so many vets doing such great things in the world of welfare".

Paula Boyden graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1992. She spent 11 years in general practice before moving into industry in 2003 and joined Dogs Trust in 2011, where she is now Veterinary Director.  Paula is treasurer of the Links Group (which raises awareness of the links between violence to animals and violence to people), a founder member and treasurer of the Association of Charity Vets and board member of the Blue Dog Trust. She sits on the British Veterinary Association’s Policy Committee and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Scientific Committee.



The Blaine Award sponsored by Royal Canin

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.

Noel Fitzpatrick MVB DUniv CVR DSAS(Orth) ACVSMR MRCVS

Noel Fitzpatrick is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedics and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is director and chief clinician at Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery and director of the Fitzpatrick Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, Fitzbionics, and Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Surgery. Noel has developed more than 30 new techniques and is the first Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine. He has founded The Humanimal Trust, the ONE Live music festival and the VET Festival to help fund medical research which may symbiotically benefit animals and humans.



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.

Dr Edward Feldman DVM DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

"The 2017 Bourgelat Award represents international recognition highlighting my career and for that I am extremely grateful.  The warmth and recognition associated with receiving a BSAVA award cannot be over stated". 

Edward Feldman is Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of California. He has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 110 scientific abstracts, and 75 book chapters. He is co-editor with Dr Ettinger of the Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine and co-author of Canine and Feline Endocrinology. Dr Feldman has lectured in more than 40 states and 25 countries. He has received numerous teaching, research and service awards.




PetSavers Award sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition

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 2016. The award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque and is kindly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Silvia Sabattini DVM PhD

Differentiating feline inflammatory bowel disease from alimentary lymphoma in duodenal endoscopic biopsies Silvia Sabattini graduated with full marks in Veterinary Medicine in 2008 at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2012, she received her PhD degree in veterinary pathology and she currently holds a junior research position at the Pathology Division of the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences (DIMEVET), University of Bologna.  Her research activity is mainly focused on the characterisation of diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic markers in canine and feline tumours. She is also involved in cytological and histopathological diagnostic activity and in the maintenance of DIMEVET’s Veterinary Teaching Portal. She has co-authored 25 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 congress abstracts in veterinary oncology.



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 2016.  The aim of the award is to encourage the publication research performed by a small animal practitioner. To qualify for the awar, the first author of the paper should be a practitioner working outside of academia. The award takes the form of textbooks and a cheque.

Daniella McCready BVSc CertSAS MRCVS

“I was extremely honoured and delighted to receive the BSAVA Dunkin award for my contribution to the veterinary literature - having my work acknowledged by my peers has to be one of the highlights of my career". 

Systematic review of the prevelance, risk factors, diagnosis and management of meniscal injury in dogs: Part 1
Systematic review of the prevalence, risk factors, diagnosis and management of meniscal injury in dogs: Part 2

Daniella McCready graduated from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1998. After returning to the UK, she spent many years in a small animal first opinion and surgical referral practice in Nottingham where she obtained her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2005.  In 2013, Daniella headed north to undertake a European College of Veterinary Surgeons residency programme in Small Animal Surgery. Daniella is currently working at Chestergates Veterinary Specialists in Chester following completion of her residency. Her main clinical and research interests include wound reconstruction and thoracic surgery.


The JSAP Achievement Award

The JSAP Achievement Award is designed to recognise outstanding contributions to the Journal of Small Animal Practice. JSAP 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 Wiley textbooks and a cheque.

Professor Mike Willard DVM MS DipACVIM

"To be given the JSAP award was an honor as it meant that I was recognized as being useful in protecting the profession from bad information getting into print. It basically told me that I was honestly benefiting the profession.”

Mike Willard is a 1975 graduate of the Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He did his internship at Kansas State University and his medicine residency at Michigan State University. Dr. Willard has had appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University.  He has also worked in private referral practice. He is currently Professor of Small Animal Clinical Science and specializes in gastroenterology. Dr. Willard has given over 3,000 hours of continuing education lectures and has 80+ refereed publications and 130+ book chapters. He is currently an Associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.



The Ray Butcher Award 

This 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 President’s artwork.

Dr Heike Dorn MA PhD MRCVS 

Heike Dorn was originally a stage and costume designer and engineer for opera and television. She retrained in Munich to become a veterinary surgeon and gained her PhD. After working in various mixed practices, she moved to England where she worked in Peter Scott Dunn’s veterinary practice in Berkshire.  In 2001 Heike had her son, Samuel, and returned to Germany for a short spell. In 2006 she headed off to the Isles of Scilly. Heike has been there ever since, being the sole vet for five islands and being on duty 24/7, sometimes in very stormy seas. With all sorts of animals on the islands, Heike is able to turn her hand to anything, including spaying raccoons, sexing stick insects, injecting a blue shark and stomach tubing a seal.



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. 

Hayley Walters RVN 

Hayley Walters qualified in 1999 and spent seven years in mixed animal practice in Derbyshire. In 2006, she left for China to work for animal welfare charity ‘Animals Asia’ with Asiatic black bears rescued from the bile farming industry.  In 2012 she moved to Edinburgh to be the Welfare and Anaesthesia VN for the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.  Hayley is part of the anaesthesia team but also teaches animal welfare, nursing and clinical skills to veterinary students in developing countries. She is in the process of helping two vet schools in Sri Lanka and India set up their first ever veterinary nurse training programme. Hayley is the first RVN to sit on BSAVA’s International Affairs Committee.


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 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.

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

Elise Robertson operates a peripatetic feline medicine and endoscopy/endosurgery referral service (canine & feline) for over 80 practices in South East England. She also offers a quarterly referral service from hospitals based in both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Elise received her formal training in medical endoscopy and ‘keyhole’ surgery from well‑known human and veterinary academic institutions based in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the United States.

She currently divides her time between clinical work, teaching, lecturing and publishing within the subjects of feline medicine, endoscopy & endosurgery. Elise 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 (CE Endoscopy & Endosurgery courses) at The Veterinary Endoscopy Teaching Center at Colorado State University and guest lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Veterinary Science, in Bangkok. Elise also spends time with human colleagues at Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital/European Endoscopy Training Centre in Rome learning about modern interventional techniques used in paediatric medicine and how these methods may better benefit the lives of her veterinary patients.



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