Nominations open for 2017 welfare awards

Nominations are now open for Ceva’s 2017 Animal Welfare Awards, which will once again celebrate the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries.

Outstanding contributors to animal welfare can now be nominated to receive an award by their colleagues, friends and family or by the general public. Nominated welfare heroes can come from all walks of life, all ages, and from anywhere in the world, and will be assessed on the evidence provided in the original nomination.

Since the first Ceva Awards in 2010 hundreds of animal welfare professionals have been nominated, with the winners decided by a panel of esteemed judges including Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and James Yeates, chief veterinarian at RSPCA. This year’s winners and runners up will be honoured at a glittering ceremony taking place on the eve of BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) Congress on 5th April 2017.

If there is an individual or team that you feel deserves to be recognised for their ongoing commitment to animal welfare, visit to nominate. Entries must be in by January 13th 2017

“We really have been awed and humbled by the nominations for Ceva’s Animal Welfare Awards over the past seven years and we expect this year to be no exception,” says Ceva managing director Cuneyt Seckin.

Mr Seckin adds: “The lengths to which some wonderful people go to ensure the health and happiness of animals across the world really knows no bounds. Not only do the awards champion people involved in animal welfare, but they also raise awareness of this important work to wider audiences.” 

The categories aim to cover all industries involved in animal welfare. For 2017, these are:

  • Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award - in association with Veterinary Times
    Recognises a veterinary surgeon working in practice who educates pet owners and consistently demonstrates a commitment to the continued improvement of animal welfare standards.
  • The VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Award – in association with VN Times
    Honours a working veterinary nurse who has shown a real commitment to improving and championing excellent animal welfare within their practice and further afield.
  • Charity Professional of the Year Award (UK & International) – in association with PDSA
    Someone who works within a charity organisation and consistently performs to the best of their ability, with the single minded goal of helping save and improve the lives of animals in need.
  • Charity Team of the Year Award (UK & International) – in association with Your Cat and Your Dog
    Recognises an awe-inspiring team whose drive and passionate dedication has changed the lives of animals for the better, by tirelessly promoting and championing their cause.
  • Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award (UK & International) – in association with Blue Cross
    Celebrates an individual whose dedication and tenacity has helped improve animal welfare and who, in their own free time, goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of animals either in the UK or Internationally.
  • Farm Animal Welfare Award (UK & International) – in association with RABI and NADIS
    This award is for someone who works within the farming industry and who strives to provide or encourage high standards of ethical and compassionate farm animal welfare.
  • International Cat Care Welfare Award – in association with Agria Pet Insurance
    This esteemed award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of feline welfare. The recipient of the award is chosen by International Cat Care and therefore no general nominations are required.

To find out more about the awards, and to nominate, visit




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