BVA Young Vet of the Year Award

The BVA Young Vet of the Year Award supported by Zoetis aims to shine a light on early career vets who are making a valuable contribution across the profession, animal welfare, and the wider community. The award is now in its third year and we are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 award.


Nominations are now closed

The BVA Young Vet of the Year award, produced in partnership with Zoetis, recognises exceptional early career vets who make a real 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.

Nominations for the 2021 award opened on 1 June 2021 and closed on 1 September 2021.


Criteria for entry

Nominees should be:

  • vets who have been qualified for eight years or less
  • on the RCVS register
  • BVA members

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.

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 by our judging panel.

This could be in any of the following areas:

  • Outstanding and consistent levels of care to their patients
  • Outstanding professionalism
  • Great interpersonal skills with both colleagues and pet owners
  • Those who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty
  • Those who have made a significant impact to a specific cause or the veterinary community
  • Their dedication and impact has inspired others within in the veterinary community and/or the wider public

How to apply/nominate

Nominations are now closed. 

Finalists will be contacted by the end of September 2021, prior to the public announcement and the winner will be announced on 11 November 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

What you’ll win

The three shortlisted finalists will get a free ticket to the London Vet Show.

In addition to being the ‘BVA Young Vet of the Year 2021’, the winner will also receive £1,000 prize money and a mentoring opportunity with Zoetis.

Young Vet of the Year 2020

Small animal and exotics vet and star of CBBC’s ‘The Pets Factor’, Fabian Rivers was awarded our Young Vet of the Year Award in 2020. Fabian wowed our judges with his ongoing proactive contributions to the veterinary profession and his passion for raising awareness around exotic animal care. 

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Young Vet of the Year 2019 Image

Young Vet of the Year 2019

2019 Young Vet of the Year

Dedicated farm animal vet, Emily Craven, who supported her local practice at a time of need and who has shown a passion for her work around lameness and mobility in cattle was awarded our Young Vet of the Year Award in 2019.

Reflecting on winning the award, Emily said “Winning the award was very humbling for me - I have always just done my job and been rather surprised that a client is pleased to see me or wants me to do their work without taking stock of my own career.  Winning the award made me to do that.  Overtime it has sunk in and given me that confidence that maybe I am a real vet and I can do this! I have made some great friendships and will be forever grateful to the BVA and Zoetis for their support and belief.  I am still ‘just’ a farm vet, I am still a bit surprised it happened to me, but I hope it shows that for all of us just wanting to be a good vet, that dreams do come true. 

I was lucky because I had someone in my team that believed in me and took the time to write that citation and the judges agreed.  There are so many young vets out there doing incredible work, and I just hope their bosses take the time to support them in that way.”

Young Vet Network

BVA provides support to Young Vet Network groups around the UK.