BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, supported by Zoetis

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

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Nomination criteria

We know the transition from student to qualified vet can be challenging. We want to celebrate, the role young vets play in the diverse range of career paths that veterinary medicine offers.

The award is open to all young vets in the first eight years after graduation, 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.

We want to hear about young vets and their contributions to animal health, animal welfare, public health, One Health, or the veterinary community.

Daniella Dos Santos, President-elect of BVA said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Zoetis on this groundbreaking new award, which will celebrate the valuable contribution that young vets make both in practice and non-clinical roles. Through launching this award we hope to highlight and champion a young vet who makes a huge difference in their field of work and goes above and beyond what is expected of them at an early stage in their career. We are looking forward to seeing inspiring entries from across the veterinary community.”

Zoetis Senior Vice President and Cluster lead, Jamie Brannan said:

“Zoetis is proud to be a partner helping to build a habit of recognition. Gaining your qualifications, delivering in your role as a young vet takes time and commitment. By partnering on this award, we aim to give young vets encouragement to continue to do the right thing and make the difference. I am personally also looking forward to seeing the nominations, a testament to the impact you are making.”

How to apply

Before you apply please read the Young Vet of the Year Award criteria below.

To enter or nominate someone, complete the Young Vet of the Year online application form.

The closing date for entries is 1 August 2019.

What you’ll win

The three shortlisted finalists will be 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 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.

Entry process

To apply, please fill in the application form

Entries should be no longer than 500 words. The deadline for entries is 1 August 2019.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer extensions for entry deadlines due to our tight timeline. 

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 will be contacted by the middle of October, 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 adamr@bva.co.uk.