Recognising global animal welfare excellence

28 Nov 2020

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By Georgina Mills

The World Veterinary Association has presented its annual global animal welfare awards for 2020, recognising vets, vet paraprofessionals, vet students, and veterinary academic institutions for their outstanding work in and dedication to the advancement of animal welfare.

The awards, which are sponsored by Ceva Animal Health, would usually take place during the association’s annual congress, which this year was to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, but owing to the Covid-19 pandemic they were instead streamed in a virtual event on 29 October.

There were three vet winners for 2020.

The first was Sri Lankan vet Tharanga Thoradeniya, who is a senior lecturer at the faculty of medicine, University of Colombo. Because of her background as a vet, she was invited to join the faculty’s animal ethics review committee and then to look after the animal facility at the university. She is also a member of...