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Mixed vet is Young Vet of the Year 2022

Dr. Hannah Hunt has clinched the Young Vet of the Year 2022 title, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has revealed.

The Royal Veterinary College graduate of 2015 was nominated for her dedication to “excelling in” first-opinion practice through her farm, small animal and equine work as a mixed animal vet in Aberystwyth.

She was presented with the award at BVA’s Gala Dinner, held at the London Marriot Hotel in Canary Wharf as part of this year’s London Vet Show last month.

The Zoetis-supported award celebrates the work, commitment and innovation of vets in the early stages of their careers.

Now in its fourth year, the awards programme highlights the outstanding work of young vets who are making a significant contribution, whether in their workplace or the wider veterinary community.

It aims to share and celebrate an “exceptional” young vet who leads, inspires, and goes above and beyond what is expected of them early on in their career.

She was selected from a pool of more than 100 entrants by the award judges, who were:

  • BVA president, Malcolm Morle;
  • President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Melissa Donald;
  • Professor the Lord Trees;
  • Zoetis national veterinary manager, Jonny Lambert;
  • Last year’s winner of the award, Alex Davies.
Judge’s remarks

The judges commented on her “passion and exceptional dedication” to her high-level work across multiple species, including farm animals, equine and companion animal practice.

BVA president, Malcolm Morley, outlined that Hannah’s incredible enthusiasm and passion for her work as a mixed-practice vet “really made her stand out to us”.

“She is excelling in her work across species, which is challenging enough, but she’s also doing it at a high level.”

“I do not mind saying, if I had all of the jobs she does in one week, I would think I had a pretty intense week ahead of me.”

He added that she is constantly striving to learn new skills and to progress in her career.

Moreover, she is even learning to speak Welsh to strengthen relationships with her Welsh-speaking clients in her bi-lingual practice.

The young, mixed practice vet has also appeared on national radio giving veterinary advice and on children’s television to promote being a ‘big animal vet’.

Hannah’s comments

On becoming the British Veterinary Association Young Vet of the Year 2022, Hannah said: “This is fantastic! I am so pleased to accept this award.”

“I want to say a huge thanks to my practice for giving me the freedom to explore my passions and enabling me to work with a wide range of species.”

“Also, I want to particularly mention my mentors, Dafydd, Phil and Kate, who inspired me to focus on what I love,” she concluded.

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