Finalists revealed for the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2020


04 February 2020
Ceva Animal Health has revealed its finalists for the prestigious Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2020.

The awards celebrate the achievements of remarkable people who dedicate their lives, and go above and beyond, to improve animal health and welfare both in the UK and abroad.  Recognising the hard work and dedication of individuals and teams from the farming, veterinary and charity industries, nominations were submitted by friends, family, clients and colleagues.

Spanning 10 categories, the shortlist for the 2020 Ceva Animal Welfare Awards is as follows:

Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award sponsored by Vet Record

  • Jade Statt, Street Vet
  • Joseph Angell, Wern Veterinary Surgeons, North Wales
  • Elizabeth Ormerod, Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)

Vet Nurse of the Year Award sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance

  • Danielle Pountain, Pool House Veterinary Hospital, Lichfield, Staffordshire
  • Kylie Bradshaw, Byron Vets Surgery, Nottingham
  • Lynsey Tindall, New Priory Vets, Brighton

Charity Team of the Year sponsored by PDSA

  • Street Paws, Blyth
  • Cavy Corner, Doncaster
  • Care for the Paw, Knutsford, Cheshire

Charitable Contribution of the Year sponsored by Blue Cross

  • Amazing Greys Team, Hope Rescue, Llanharan
  • Street Vet
  • Pauline Kidner, Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Somerset

Farmer of the Year Award sponsored by R.A.B.I. and Farmers Guardian

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  • Jack Foulkes, Angelsey
  • Rob Goodwin, Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Farm Educator of the Year – sponsored by NADIS and Farmers Guardian

  • Ellie Button, Howells Veterinary Services, Easingwold, Yorkshire
  • Mark Pass, Beeston Animal Health, Tarporley, Cheshire
  • Emily Gascoigne, Synergy Animal Health, Evershot, Dorset

International Cat Care Welfare Award

International Cat Care will be choosing the winner of this award from its extensive membership base.  The winner will be announced at the awards’ ceremony.

The judges have granted three awards in special recognition of an individual or team’s commitment to animal welfare.  The Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare Award sponsored by Your Dog and Your Cat magazines and the Outstanding International Contribution to Animal Welfare sponsored by Ceva International will be announced on the night of the awards.  A Special Recognition Award will also be presented during the evening.

The shortlist for each award was decided following a day of deliberations by a panel of esteemed judges chaired by retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence MBE FRCVS.  Chris has a wealth of experience in animal welfare; he is chairman of the Animal Welfare Foundation, the Canine and Feline Sector Group of the Animal Health and Welfare Board and BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association) and before retiring he was chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA and veterinary director of Dogs Trust. He is also involved in a number of charities and is a trustee of the Pet Blood Bank and the Bella Moss Foundation.

Chair of the judging panel, Chris Laurence, says: ““The profile of animal welfare has increased in recent years with the general public becoming more aware of a broad range of issues.  It is no surprise, therefore, that the judges were once again impressed by the level of commitment to animal welfare shown by the nominations for all the awards.  There are so many people who dedicate their lives and leisure time to helping to improve the lives of animals in a huge variety of ways.  Consequently, choosing the finalists, let alone a winner in each category is a daunting task that the judging panel tackles with enthusiasm.”

“The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards give us the opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment of individuals and teams from the farming, veterinary and charity industries,” adds Cuneyt Seckin, managing director of Ceva Animal Health.  “We are delighted to be able to honour and thank these individuals and organisations, who dedicate their lives to enhance and improve animal welfare both in the UK and abroad.”

Winners will be revealed and presented with their awards during a glitzy ceremony held in Birmingham ahead of BSAVA Congress on 1st April 2020.  To find out more about the awards visit