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.
2019 Award Winners
Congratulations to the recent award winners who were presented with their prizes at Congress 2019
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.
Catriona Bell BVetMed PhD PGCAP PFHEA NTF MRCVS
Catriona Bell is a veterinary surgeon whose passion for veterinary education resulted in two conscious changes of career focus; firstly in 1997 from private veterinary practice to academia and then from Farm Animal Medicine to Veterinary Education in 2005. This background led her to instigate and develop (with a team of talented colleagues) innovative clinical skills training to enhance workplace transition and employability for veterinary students.
Catriona also champions Peer Assisted Learning and staff development for teaching excellence, whilst also undertaking scholarly research into various teaching and assessment practices. Catriona is also Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a National Teaching Fellow (NTF).
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.
Dr Dan O’Neill MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) MSc(VetEpi) PhD FRCV
Dan O’Neill graduated from Dublin in 1987 and then ran his own companion animal practice in Kent until 2009. Frustrated with the dearth of good quality practice-based evidence, he undertook an MSc and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at the RVC to develop VetCompass™. Dan is now Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology at the RVC.
Dan has authored over 45 VetCompass™ papers since 2012 to provide evidence relevant to UK veterinary practitioners and co-authored the 3rd edition of the book ‘Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats’. He chairs the Brachycephalic Working Group and is an Associate Editor of JSAP.
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.
Professor Michael E. Herrtage MA BVSc DVSc DVR DVD DSAM DipECVIM DipECVDI FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
Mike Herrtage graduated from the Liverpool University and is currently Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and is in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital. His clinical responsibilities include all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, but he has a particular interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders.
Mike has been President of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, President of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine and President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialization. He is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was, until recently, President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He was awarded the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation Award in 2018, for ‘outstanding contributions to the course of Veterinary Specialisation in Europe’.
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.
Katherine Howie RVN VTS(ECC)
Katherine Howie qualified in 2000 and then worked in primary care practice before moving to referral practice. Kath moved into emergency and critical care, achieving the VTS (ECC) in 2009 and then re-certifying in 2014. She is a tutor for the Vets Now certificate in emergency and critical care nursing and spends a lot of time mentoring and developing veterinary nurses both inside and outside of the workplace.
Veterinary nurses can often be the backbone of the profession, and Kath believes that teaching the skills and knowledge needed to achieve that, enhances the team effort of veterinary professionals across the country.
The Dunkin Award
This award is presented to the author(s) of the best published paper on small animal medicine in the Journal of Small Animal Practice during the 12 months ending 30th September. The award takes the form of BSAVA manuals and a cheque. For 2019, the Dunkin Award has been shared between two authors of the paper: ‘Rapid assessment with physical examination in dyspnoeic cats: the RAPID CAT study’.
Christopher JL Little BVMS PhD DVC FRCVS
Christopher Little qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1981. His career has been as a clinician and educator. He has a wide variety of clinical interests which include small animal cardiology and internal medicine. His PhD was acquired at the Bristol Veterinary School at Langford where he studied chronic ear disease in dogs. Christopher then returned to Glasgow in the late 1980’s where he lectured in small animal medicine and developed interests in cardiology, clinical pathology and internal medicine. For almost the last 20 years Christopher has worked in The Barton Veterinary Hospital in Canterbury.
Dave Dickson BVetMed DVC MRCVS
Dave Dickson is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cardiology. He lives and works in south Wales, as a director at HeartVets. Dave started his career as a mixed vet in south Wales, before moving to New Zealand to improve his appreciation of Sauvignon Blanc. He came back to the UK and has slowly but steadily progressed into a full time cardiologist, working as a Specialist alongside a fantastic team of cardiology enthusiasts.
As well as his full time clinical job he has active research interests, though somehow never has enough time to finish most of the projects he starts. He is widely published in obscure journals and occasionally manages to stumble across something clinically useful, which is the most fulfilling part of his job. He has three children and thus spends a lot of time outdoors, running and cycling, mainly in an attempt to avoid fulfilling his childcare duties.
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.
Konstantinos Fontas DVM MRCVS
Konstantinos Fontas graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015. After completing his EMS in Bristol and military services in Greece, he now works as a general practitioner at Companion Care in Peterborough.
Konstantinos lists his main interests as neurology, orthopaedics and dentistry and enjoys swimming, cycling and going to the gym in his spare time.
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.
Heather Bacon BSc(Hons) BVSc CertZooMed MRCVS
Heather Bacon graduated from the University of Bristol and, after several years working overseas, now runs international veterinary training projects from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the University of Edinburgh. Heather has a keen interest in dog behaviour and welfare, veterinary training and zoological medicine.
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.
Mickey Tivers BVSc(Hons) PhD CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Intrahepatic congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs: short‐ and long‐term outcome of suture attenuation
Mickey Tivers graduated from the University of Bristol in 2002. He finished a residency in small animal surgery at the RVC in 2008 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Following this, he undertook a PhD on congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs, also at the RVC.
Mickey is now Head of Surgery at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. His main area of clinical and research expertise is in congenital portosystemic shunts and he has published widely on the subject. Mickey continues to conduct active research into this fascinating condition.
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.
Molly Varga BVetMed DZooMed MRCVS
Molly Varga gained her RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and her Diploma in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian) in 2007. Molly is Chief Examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine and a Trustee and the Veterinary Advisor for the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. She is also an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and currently heads the exotics referral service at Rutland House Veterinary Referrals, St Helens, Merseyside, where the team provide a comprehensive service for all exotic pet species. She has worked in North West England for the past 23 years, primarily in exotic companion animal practice.
Her special interests are rabbit medicine and surgery and she has contributed to several books including the BSAVA Manuals of Reptiles, Exotic Pet and Wildlife Nursing, Wildlife Casualties, Rabbit Medicine, and Rabbit Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging. More recently she has contributed chapters to Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics, Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents, Clinical Medicine and Surgery and Clinical Veterinary Advisor:- Birds and Exotic Pets.
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.
Niall Lester is one of the founders of New Hope Animal Rescue who are dedicated to helping animals with difficult behaviours or complex medical requirements. They have a sanctuary of approximately 300 domestic and farm animals that are treated and rehomed.
Many of the animals come from veterinary surgeries where owners have requested euthanasia in cases when surgeries are too expensive or the conditions are too complex. New Hope Animal Rescue endeavours to fundraise and take these animals on the journey through treatment and on to their new homes instead of being euthanized.
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.
Jane Ladlow VetMB CertVR CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS
Jane Ladlow gained her ECVS diploma in 2002 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery at the University of Cambridge. Jane is interested in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly respiratory and oncological cases. Her main area of clinical research since 2006 has been brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. Jane is the clinical lead of the BOAS Research Group at Cambridge, where they have introduced the objective assessment of airway function which has led to work on risk factors for BOAS, clinical diagnosis, breeding guidelines and the development of effective surgical strategies.
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.
Jonathan Elliot MA VetMB PhD CertSAC DipECVPT MRCVS FHEA
Jonathan Elliott graduated from University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 1985. After a year as an Intern in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, he undertook a PhD in vascular pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology, Cambridge.
In 1990 he was appointed to a lectureship in Veterinary Pharmacology at the Royal Veterinary College and developed research interests in feline kidney disease and hypertension, canine mitral valve disease and equine laminitis. Jonathan was awarded the Pfizer Academic Award in 1998, the BSAVA Amoroso Award in 2001, the Petplan Scientific Award in 2005 and the ESVNU Award in 2007 for contributions to companion animal medicine.
Jonathan is a Diplomate of the European College of Pharmacology and Toxicology and a past member of the UK Government’s Veterinary Products Committee, and he became President of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2018. Jonathan is currently Professor in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the RVC.