The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has commenced its search for the 2024 Young Vet of the Year. The award aims to recognise exceptional early-career veterinarians who have made significant impacts since beginning their careers.

The Young Vet of the Year award celebrates vets in the initial stages of their careers who have demonstrated outstanding care, dedication, or success. This could include delivering exceptional patient care, contributing positively to their community or the veterinary profession, or showing dedication to a particular cause. BVA President Anna Judson highlighted the importance of recognising the hard work of young vets, particularly given recent challenges such as workforce shortages and the Competition and Markets Authority investigation.

“Our profession’s young vets may only be at the start of their careers, but so many have already made positive contributions to the profession as well as their communities,” said Judson. “This award is a fantastic opportunity to spotlight that dedication and success.”

Encouraging Nominations from Various Sources

This year, BVA is particularly encouraging not only veterinary professionals but also animal owners and vet clients to nominate exceptional young vets. The association is also accepting self-nominations from early-career vets eager to demonstrate their ambition and commitment to the profession. The award is open to all those registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and in the first eight years of their careers.

Oya Canbas, General Manager of Zoetis UK, expressed pride in supporting the award. “At Zoetis, we are proud to support the Young Vet of the Year award, which recognises the remarkable dedication and achievements of young veterinarians,” said Canbas. “We are excited to celebrate their contributions and look forward to seeing the inspiring stories of this year’s nominees.”

The Young Vet of the Year award is unique in its cross-community reach, welcoming nominations from the public and those within any veterinary field, including clinical practice, research, education, or veterinary politics. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 14 November 2024, at the BVA Awards Ceremony during the London Vet Show. The prize package includes £1,000, a year of free BVA membership, and a mentoring/engagement opportunity with Zoetis.