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EXCEPTIONAL contributions to the fields of small animal medicine and surgery were recognised at the BSAVA's annual awards ceremony, held on March 31 during the association's conference in Birmingham.
The Melton Award for 2010 was presented to Mark Patteson, who had been unable to attend the ceremony last year. It recognises meritorious contributions by veterinary surgeons to small animal veterinary practice. Dr Patteson is an RCVS specialist in cardiology and the award was made for his ongoing support of clinical research trials in private practice, his support of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society and his commitment to the ongoing professional development of his colleagues in general practice.
The Melton Award for 2011 was presented to Amanda Boag, clinical director of Vets Now and a consultant for the Veterinary Poisons Information Service and for Pet Blood Bank UK. Board-certified in both internal medicine and emergency and critical care, she is currently vice-president of the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
Sandy Trees was this year's recipient of the Amoroso Award, which is presented to a non-clinical member of university staff for outstanding contributions to small animal studies. Professor Trees was honoured for his major contributions to the understanding of protozoal parasite infections in dogs, most notably Neospora caninum. Having held the post of dean of Liverpool university's Faculty of Veterinary Science until 2008, he served as President of the RCVS in 2009/10 and has recently been appointed as Veterinary Editor in Chief of Veterinary Record (VR, April 23, 2011, vol 168, p 417).
The Simon Award is presented annually to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of …