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Search on for Young Vet of the Year Award

The search is on for the 2022 BVA (British Veterinary Association) Young Vet of the Year Award.

The body has today (Thursday), begun the hunt for an “early-career vet who has already made a difference and positive contribution to the veterinary profession”.

The Zoetis-supported award celebrates and recognises vets in the early stages of their careers for various reasons.

According to organisers, they may have provided “outstanding and consistent” care for their patients.

Alternatively, they may have demonstrated “great” support for their clients and colleagues, or perhaps they may have “gone above and beyond the normal call of duty”.

Also, the award looks for vets who have “championed” causes in the sector, making a “significant” impacting and inspiring others.

According to the BVA, the prestigious award is “the only one of its kind” in terms of cross-community reach.

Organisers of the award will announce the winner in November at the London Vet Show BVA Gala Dinner.

Who can apply?

  • Registered with the RCVS;
  • In the first eight years of their careers;
  • Working within any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education, or veterinary politics.

They will receive a prize package which includes £1,000 prize money, a mentoring/engagement opportunity with Zoetis, a free 12-month BVA membership, and career development opportunities such as becoming a BVA ambassador.

Challenges 

BVA president, Justine Shotton, said the last few years have been “challenging” for vets, as she pointed to workforce issues-related to Brexit and Covid-19.

However, she stressed that there has been a “huge increase” in demand for services. This is as a result of the “unprecedented” boom in pet ownership in recent years.

She noted that veterinary professionals across the UK, including young vets, have stepped up and met these challenges head-on.

“We applaud them all. We are excited to announce that now is the time to celebrate the contributions of those vets in the early stages of their careers.”

“Furthermore, we know there will be so many inspiring entries this year, highlighting the hard work of those who have shown exceptional dedication through a very difficult time, and we are already anticipating finding it difficult to choose an overall winner.”

Sarah Heming, director of public affairs and communications at Zoetis, added that these awards with BVA as a “positive step” to calling out inspiring young veterinary professionals working hard to make a difference.

“We do this to help motivate, reward, and recognise these valuable contributions made by so many young professionals. We feel proud to be able to do this.”

Enter and deadlines

The Young Vet of the Year Award is open to self-entry and nominations via this webpage. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 29th, 2022.

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