How are the Veterinary Awards judged?

The Veterinary Awards are judged by an independent panel made up of leading people from the veterinary industry including presidents of the veterinary and nursing associations and previous winners of the awards.

VA 2021

How the finalists and winners are selected

From the thousands of nominations the judges have a very difficult task to narrow down the field of nominations to just three finalists in each category. The finalists are all invited to attend the Veterinary Awards ceremony, where the winners are announced.

The judges specifically look for clear examples of:

  • Exceptional and consistent levels of care
  • Outstanding expertise and clinical care
  • Those who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty
  • Outstanding professionalism
  • Great interpersonal skills with both colleagues and pet owners

Meet the judges

The quality of the Veterinary Awards nominations is always extremely high and we are sure this year will be no exception. The role of selecting the finalists and winners is an extremely tough job and the judging panel put their own veterinary industry knowledge and experience to the test as they discuss and agree who the finalists and winners in each category should be. Petplan has no involvement in the judging process.

Practice Support Staff of the Year

Nick Loyd
SPVS president

Brian Faulkner

Practice Manager of the Year

Martin McGovern
Winner 2020

Richard Casey
VMG President

Lee Clayton-Harvey
Vet Times

Vet Nurse of the Year

Claire Shepherd
Winner 2020

Jo Oakden
BVNA President

Professor Ian Ramsey
BSAVA President

Vet of the Year

Lindsay Henry
Winner 2020

James Russell
BVA President

Lucy Grieve
BEVA President

Practice of the Year

Walter Wangford
Winner 2020

Dr Mandisa Greene
RCVS President

Calum McIntyre
AVS President