David Bennett wins ISFM/Hill’s Award for Contributions to Feline Medicine

Professor David Bennett was presented with the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)/Hill's Pet Nutrition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine at ISFM’s European Congress in Malta on July 1st 2016.

David graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in 1980 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He has been awarded the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery (1988), the BEVA Silver Jubilee Prize (1994), the BSAVA Silver Jubilee Award (1999), the Petplan Scientific Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary research (2004) and in 2006 he was made an honorary life-time member of the British Veterinary Orthopaedics Association (of which he was one of the co-founders).

In 2008 David was also presented with the WSAVA Hill’s mobility award in recognition of his contribution in improving the mobility and quality of life of pets, improving their wellbeing and enhancing the human/animal bond.

He has over 200 full publications in peer-reviewed journals and his main interests are orthopaedic surgery (clinical) and arthritis (research). David is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Glasgow University where he continues to research into the mechanisms and treatment of inflammation and pain.

ISFM Director Dr Andrew Sparkes, commented, ‘We are absolutely delighted to give this award to David – his name is synonymous with feline orthopaedics and he has been a pioneer in this field, closely involved in research to recognise and manage osteoarthritis in cats. He has contributed a huge amount to our knowledge of cat musculoskeletal disease and has been instrumental in improving the lives of millions of cats through his work.’

Hill's is thrilled to support the annual ‘ISFM/Hill’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine’ and has historically partnered with ISFM in recognising the growing importance of the cat. The relationship between Hill’s and ISFM has been very successful at for example the European ISFM Congress and the SEVC pre-congress feline day, and is best described by their joint tagline: “Working together towards better feline veterinary care”.




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Professor David Bennett receiving his award at the ISFM Congress. From left to right, Dr Iveta Becvarova, Hill’s Director of Academic Affairs, Dr Andrew Sparkes, ISFM Veterinary Director, Professor David Bennett, Claire Bessant, iCatCare Chief Executive 

Notes to editors: 

About the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM)

ISFM is the veterinary division of International Cat Care. ISFM aims to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery.

About International Cat Care (iCatCare)

A charity dedicated to the health and welfare of cats.

The International Cat Care vision: All cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding. 

The International Cat Care mission: To engage, educate and empower people throughout the world to improve the health and welfare of cats by sharing advice, training and passion. 


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Thursday, 14 July, 2016