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BSAVA congress
BSAVA presents its awards


Exceptional contributions to veterinary medicine, surgery and practice were recognised at this year's BSAVA awards ceremony, held on April 9 during the association's annual congress in Birmingham.

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THE AMOROSO Award is presented for outstanding contributions to small animal studies by a non-clinical member of university staff. The recipient this year was Lorna Kennedy, a senior scientist at the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research at the University of Manchester. Over the past 20 years, Dr Kennedy's research interests have focused on comparative immunogenetics and investigation of the genetic basis of common complex disorders in dogs.

The Simon Award is presented annually for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. Lisa Milella received the award this year. Miss Milella is a diplomat of the European Veterinary Dental College and was the principal of a dedicated dental and oral surgery referral practice in Surrey, before being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. She was involved with dentistry training, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and has published and presented papers internationally. Miss Milella is an active supporter of International Animal Rescue and has previously travelled to perform dental treatment in projects abroad.

Ian Ramsey was the recipient of this year's Woodrow Award. The award recognises outstanding contributions by a BSAVA member in the field of small animal veterinary medicine. Professor Ramsey is professor of small animal medicine at Glasgow veterinary school, editor of the BSAVA Small Animal Formulary and was a member of this year's BSAVA congress programme committee. He is an RCVS and European diplomat in small animal medicine and his main interest is in endocrinology. He has written and coauthored numerous scientific papers, review articles and book chapters on small animal medicine.

Lorna Kennedy, the recipient of the Amoroso Award, with Tim Dobbins of Hill's Pet Nutrition

Lisa Milella, winner of the Simon Award, with Peter McCarthy of Veterinary Instrumentation

Ian Ramsey, winner of the Woodrow Award, with Patricia Colville, the incoming BSAVA president

Sheila Crispin, recipient of the J. A. Wight Memorial Award, with Tim Porter of the Blue Cross

The J. A. Wight Memorial Award recognises outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals. This year, it was presented to Sheila Crispin. Professor Crispin is an internationally recognised veterinary ophthalmologist and a past-president of the RCVS. She spent most of her career in academia, primarily at the University of Bristol, where she led an ophthalmology team. Her interests include comparative ophthalmology, environmental issues and ethics.

Harriet Syme was the recipient of this year's Blaine Award, which recognises outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary medicine or surgery. Dr Syme is professor of veterinary internal medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, where she attained her PhD in feline hypertension. Her main clinical interests are in the fields of urology/nephrology, endocrinology and hypertension, and she has contributed to several textbooks on these topics.

The Bourgelat Award, which is the BSAVA's primary recognition for outstanding international contributions to the field of small animal practice, was presented to Michael D. Willard. Dr Willard is a professor of small animal clinical science at Texas A&M University and specialises in gastroenterology. He has delivered more than 3000 hours of continuing education lectures, has more than 80 refereed publications and more than 130 book chapters. He is also currently an associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Harriet Syme, winner of the Blaine Award, with Andrew Doyle of Royal Canin

Michael D. Willard receives the Bourgelat Award from Mrs Colville

Karen Humm, winner of the Petsavers Award, with Mr Dobbins

Rachel Perry, winner of the Dunkin Award, with Mr Doyle

Adrian Boswood, recipient of the JSAP Achievement Award, with Carmel Mooney, editor of JSAP

Andrea Jeffery receives the Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award from Mr Jones

Hilary Orpet receives the Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award

The Petsavers Award is presented each year to the author of the best clinical research paper published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice in the 12 months to September. This year's recipient was Karen Humm, who co-authored the paper ‘Differentiating between feline pleural effusions of cardiac and non-cardiac origin using pleural fluid NT-proBNP concentrations’ (JSAP, vol 54, pp 656-661).

Rachel Perry was the recipient of the Dunkin Award. The award is presented to the author of the most valuable article published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice over the same time period. Miss Perry's paper ‘Final year veterinary students’ attitudes towards small animal dentistry: a questionnaire-based survey' was published in JSAP, vol 55, pp 457-464.

The JSAP Achievement Award is a new award designed to recognise outstanding contributions to the Journal of Small Animal Practice. The journal relies on a voluntary network of referees to carry out peer review, and also on the authors and those who have contributed to the workings of the editorial board in the past. The award is decided by the editor and associate editors, and was presented to Adrian Boswood. Professor Boswood is professor of veterinary cardiology at the Royal Veterinary College and is a European specialist in companion animal cardiology. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and management of cardiac diseases and failure, and he has a particular interest in biomarkers and the diagnosis and management of degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs.

Another new award, the Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award, was also presented for the first time at this year's congress. The award recognises outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing and awards were presented to Hilary Orpet and Andrea Jeffery. Miss Orpet is a senior lecturer and course director for the Foundation in Veterinary Nursing and the BSc VN degree at the Royal Veterinary College. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sits on the RCVS Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council. In 2007, she developed the Ability Model of nursing care with Mrs Jeffery. This is currently the only published veterinary model of care in use and aims to help in the provision of standardised, holistic care to veterinary patients.

Mrs Jeffery is programme director for the veterinary nursing and bioveterinary science BSc (Hons) programme at the University of Bristol. She has been involved with the RCVS VN Council since its inception and has been a member of a number of committees related to both the VN Council and the RCVS Council, on which she sits as a University of Bristol representative.

Nick Bexfield (third from left), chair of the BSAVA congress programme committee for 2016, with the winners of the BSAVA awards for best clinical abstracts. (from left) Dan O'Neill, Fraje Watson, Sarah Caddy, David Mills and Stefano Cortellini. The other winner, Elspeth Waugh, is not pictured

Clinical research abstracts form an integral part of the BSAVA congress and, each year, awards are given for the best abstracts presented at the previous year's congress. The award for the best abstract presented by a practitioner at the 2014 congress was presented to David Mills. His abstract was entitled ‘Prevalence of cardiomyopathy in 72 stray cats with heart murmurs’.

There were three recipients of the award for the best abstract presented by an intern or resident. These were Dan O'Neill for ‘Longevity and mortality of cats in England’; Elspeth Waugh for ‘Canine lymphoma and PARR: refining parameters for routine diagnostic use’; and Stefano Cortellini for ‘Lactate in septic peritonitis: a retrospective study of 83 dogs (2007-2012)’.

The award for the best clinical research abstract poster was given to Sarah Caddy. Her subject was ‘High seroprevalence of calciviruses in the UK dog population.’

Fraje Watson was the recipient of the award for the best abstract presented by a veterinary nurse. Her work was on ‘Agreement of a tympanic membrane and rectal thermometer compared to core oesophageal temperature in cats under general anaesthesia.’

The Melton Award, which recognises meritorious contributions by veterinary surgeons to small animal veterinary practice, was not awarded this year. Katie McConnell, the then BSAVA president, also reported that there had been no applications for the Frank Beattie Travel Scholarship, a £2000 award that allows a member of the BSAVA to undertake a trip abroad to study a particular aspect of veterinary practice.

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