History of Ceva and the Animal Welfare Awards

In April 2016, Ceva hosted its fifth annual UK Animal Welfare Awards ceremony. As the judges consider the nominations for the Animal Welfare Awards 2017, we take a look at last year’s winners.

Three individuals recognized at the fifth annual UK Animal Welfare Awards ceremony. As the judges consider the nominations for the Animal Welfare Awards 2017, we take a look at last year’s winners.

The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2016 include:

  • Heather Bacon, winner of the Chris Laurence Vet of the Year
  • Shakira Free-Miles, winner of the Veterinary Nurse of the Year
  • John and Judith Morton, Volunteer of the Year

Heather Bacon

Vet of the Year

Heather Bacon won the prestigious Chris Laurence Vet of the Year 2016, awarded in association with the Veterinary Times, in recognition of her pioneering work around the globe. Heather is the Veterinary Welfare Education and Outreach Manager at the University of Edinburgh’s Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, based within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Her work is focused primarily overseas to improve the welfare of animals by working with NGOs and veterinary organisations, particularly on the topics of dog population management, zoo animal and exotic pet welfare.

Speaking after receiving her award, Heather said:

I am really grateful for Ceva for creating the animal welfare awards and for creating the opportunity for people who work in animal welfare across a whole spectrum of different opportunities, from volunteers, to vet nurses, charity professionals and vets.

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Award giving and interview:

Shakira Free-Miles

Veterinary Nurse of the Year

Shakira Free-Miles won the Veterinary Nurse of the Year award for 2016 having been a finalist in 2015. The judges were impressed by her commitment to veterinary and animal welfare education, especially her campaigning work to improve legislation governing animal welfare. Shakira founded ‘SaveABulls’ to raise welfare issues surrounding breed-specific legislation that characterises particular breeds of dogs as dangerous, rather than being focused towards individual dogs and their owners. Her vision is to reduce negative press and attitudes towards bull breed type dogs and to see more bull breeds being taken on as rescue dogs.

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Award giving and interview:

John and Judith Morton

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year 2016, awarded in association with the Blue Cross, went to John and Judith Morton of the East Midlands Retired Greyhound Trust. John and Judith’s focus is to find homes for ex-racing greyhounds and in doing so they aim to support both the dogs and the people who rehome them. Commenting on the award John said:

After 20 years, this is the first, fantastic thank-you we’ve ever had. We work hard -7 days a week, weekends, Christmas, Bank Holidays – we never stop.

As Lindsay Johnson of Ceva UK explains:

Each year, our eminent judges are given the arduous task of reading through hundreds of nominations which they have to whittle down to finalists and then winners. It is a tough process because of the quality of the people they have to judge, often leading to very tough decisions between equally deserving individuals.  Our ‘Animal Welfare Awards’ each year are a celebration of the very best people committed to the cause. And yet, each year, we are always humbled by the dedication of all our nominees. They all go beyond what is required.

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