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BVA award winners, 2011

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THE BVA's awards for 2011 were presented on September 22 during the opening ceremony of the BVA Congress in London.

Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal

The Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal is the BVA's most prestigious scientific award, recognising work of outstanding merit that encourages the advancement of veterinary science. It was presented this year to Vic Simpson by the then BVA President, Harvey Locke, who described Mr Simpson as ‘a truly outstanding and inspiring veterinary scientist’.

Having spent much of his career in veterinary laboratory investigation, Mr Simpson retired from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) in 2001 and established the first wildlife veterinary investigation centre in Britain, in partnership with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. ‘This laboratory has been invaluable for assessing the impact of environmental changes, chemicals and non-native species on indigenous wildlife,’ said Mr Locke. Mr Simpson's work on otters had reinforced the case for banning certain organochlorine pesticides, while his work on swans resulted in a ban on anglers' split-shot fishing weights. In addition, his research on stranded cetaceans provided essential information that helped identify entanglement in fishing gear as the main cause of death in common dolphins.

Mr Simpson's contribution to the knowledge base of the pathology of wildlife species in Great Britain had been …

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