Ceva UK celebrates its 7th Animal Welfare Awards

Now in its seventh year, the winners of the Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare 2017 were announced at an awards ceremony in Birmingham, UK.

The Ceva Animal Welfare Awards recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting and improving animal welfare around the world.

Chair of the judging panel, Chris Laurence said:

Judging the huge number of nominations gets more difficult year on year as the numbers increase. It is stunning to see how many people give their lives to the welfare of animals and it makes us feel very humble to see the lengths to which many people go. The fact that we have found winners amongst so many deserving people and organisations was really hard work.

Ceva would like to thank all those who shared their inspiring stories and to congratulate the winners! Over the coming weeks, watch this space as we take a closer look at the winners and the fantastic work they are doing.

Winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2017 by category, are:

Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award

in association with Veterinary Times: Jenny Stavisky from the University of Nottingham

Charity Professional of the Year

in association with PDSA:
Lesley Winton, founder of the Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears and Fostering Compassion

Welfare Nurse of the Year Award

in association with VN times:
Samantha Shand from Quarrington Veterinary Surgery in Sleaford

Charity Team of the Year

in association with Your Cat Magazine and Your God Magazine:
Dogstar Foundation, Sri Lanka

International Cat Care Welfare Award

in association with Agria Pet Insurance:
Pei Su from ActAsia

Farm Animal Welfare Award

in association with R.A.B.I. and N.A.D.I.S:
Katrine Bazeley, a retired veterinary surgeon from Dorset, and Graham Duncanson, a retired veterinary surgeon from Norfolk (joint winners)

Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award

 in association with Blue Cross:
Dean Bland from Well Equine in Yorkshire

For more information on the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards, visit:

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