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With nominations now open, Ceva has announced the addition of new categories to its annual Animal Welfare Awards.

Now in its third year, the awards recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting and improving animal welfare around the world. Historically, the awards have recognised welfare in companion animals, but with the addition of the new Farm Animal Welfare Award, with support from the National Animal Disease Information Service(NADIS), Ceva has extended the criteria to those making a real difference in the farming sector as well.

Along with the farming category, Ceva has added three additional new categories to the 2014 awards round, celebrating charity teams and cat care champions. To widen the reach of the awards, prolific welfare organisations, including PDSA, Blue Cross, NADIS and International Cat Care, have lent their support to Ceva in their sponsorship of both new and existing categories.

The awards, which take place at the BSAVA Congress in April 2014, will be judged by a panel of esteemed industry professionals including Christopher Laurence MBE BVSc and Claire Bessant of International Cat Care.

Ceva managing director, Alan Doyle said: “There are so many individuals that share our vision and values to improve the welfare of animals so this is a fantastic opportunity to honour and champion these inspirational people. We look for volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who have gone beyond the call of duty to really make a difference to the welfare of animals.

“The awards also provide us a platform on which to highlight important issues within animal welfare to the wider animal community.” 

The full list for the 2014 Awards are:

  • Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award - in association with the Veterinary Times

This award is to recognise a veterinary surgeon working in practice that follows the footsteps of Chris by educating pet owners and consistently demonstrating their commitment to the continued improvement of animal welfare.

  • The VN Times Welfare Nurse of the Year Award

This award is to give recognition to a veterinary nurse working in practice who has shown real commitment to improving and championing excellent animal welfare within their practice.

  • Charity Professional of the Year Award (UK & International) – in association with PDSA

This award is for an individual who works within a charity organisation who is consistently driven to perform 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 magazine – New!

This Award is for an awe inspiring team whose drive and passionate dedication has changed the lives of animals for the better. Improving the standard of animal welfare wherever they can, tirelessly promoting and championing their cause.

  • Volunteer of the Year Welfare Award (UK & International) – in association with Blue Cross - New!

This Award is for someone who through their amazing dedication and tenacity has helped improve animal welfare. 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 NADIS – New!

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. The award will go to someone who has made a tangible difference to the welfare of farm animals through direct action or through education and/or awareness.

  • International Cat Care Welfare Award – New!

This award is for people who have provided voluntary help with a feline welfare project, contributing to making a sustainable local change through either re-homing, public education, veterinary education, provision of veterinary services or TNR work. 

To submit a nomination, visit or email Nominations close on the 27thJanuary 2014.

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