BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, supported by Zoetis

We teamed up with Zoetis to launch an exciting new award highlighting the outstanding everyday difference young vets make to the veterinary profession.


Finalists for 2019

We're delighted to announce the three finalists who will battle it out to be named BVA Young Vet of the Year 2019. Amy Barstow, Andreia Dias, and Emily Craven have been selected as the outstanding nominees by our panel of judges.

The winner will be revealed at the BVA Gala Dinner at London Vet Show on the 14 November 2019. Tickets for the dinner are available and can be purchased by booking online or emailing

How to apply

Nominations for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award 2019 supported by Zoetis have now closed.

The nominees have all been thanked for their efforts and informed of the finalists. 


We were honoured to be joined by an esteemed panel of judges who will decide on one worthy winner:

  • Lord Trees, Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Crossbench member of the House of Lords
  • Daniella Dos Santos, BVA’s Junior Vice President and a small animal and exotics vet
  • Niall Connell, upcoming RCVS President and chair of its Diversity Working Grou
  • Chloe Roberts, a recent graduate and BVA Council member
  • Wendy Talbot, European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and National Equine Veterinary Manager, Zoetis

What will be won

The three shortlisted finalists have been invited to attend the BVA Gala Dinner and will get a free ticket to the London Vet Show 2019.

In addition to being the ‘BVA Young Vet of the Year 2019’, the winner will also receive £1,000 prize money and a mentoring opportunity with Zoetis.

Award criteria

Award category

The BVA Young Vet of the Year award, produced in partnership with Zoetis, recognises an exceptional young vet who makes a difference. The award hopes to highlight a young vet who leads, inspires, impacts and goes above and beyond what is expected of them early on in their career.

The award is open to exceptional young vets who make an outstanding contribution that is recognised in their workplace and benefits the veterinary community.

Criteria for entry

Nominees should be vets who have been qualified for eight years or less and on the RCVS register. You can either enter yourself or nominate a young vet who you think has made a valuable contribution that deserves to be recognised.

All award submissions need to be supported by a referee who will be asked to provide a brief testimonial about the nominee.

The award is open to young vets in any veterinary endeavour, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics.

Criteria for winning

The winner should be able to show that their work has made a difference. Entries will be assessed against the award criteria, as listed above, by our judging panel.

This could be in any of the following areas:

  • Advancing animal health.
  • Achievement in research.
  • Promoting the veterinary profession.
  • Inspiring and supporting the veterinary community.
  • Championing vet wellbeing or animal welfare.
  • Being an outstanding colleague.

Nominees or nominators do not necessarily have to be a member of BVA, but the winner will have to be.

Finalists have been contacted prior to the public announcement.

The winner will be announced during the Gala Dinner at the London Vet Show on 14 November 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact