2012 BEVA Award Winners Announced

This year's prestigious British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Awards were awarded at the BEVA Congress on Sept. 13, in Birmingham, England. Established by BEVA, in conjunction with sponsors in some categories, these diverse awards reflect BEVA's recognition of and support for members' outstanding veterinary achievements. This year they were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Keith Meldrum, CB, BVM&S, MRCVS, DVSM, Hon. FRSPH, was presented with the BEVA Equine Welfare Award, sponsored by Blue Cross, in recognition of his tireless work to improve animal welfare through the development and enactment of regulation.

Meldrum is widely known and respected throughout the equine charity sector and in government circles for his encyclopaedic knowledge of animal health and welfare legislation and no committee on these subjects is complete without the benefit of his experience and probing questions.

Previously the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, over the past decade Meldrum has been veterinary consultant for organizations, such as World Horse Welfare, and has been involved in issues ranging from transportation regulation to through contraception for semi-feral ponies, and disease control.

Clare Scantlebury, PhD, researcher at the University of Liverpool, received the important BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award in recognition of her research on recurrent colic. Her paper, "Recurrent colic in the horse: Incidence and risk factors for recurrence in the general practice population," was produced in conjunction with D.C. Archer, C.J. Proudman and G.L. Pinchbeck, and was published in the August 2011 Special Issue: Equine Colic of the Equine Veterinary Journal.

The award is given in memory of Richard Hartley, a founder member of BEVA and president from 1974 to 1975. It is awarded for evidence-based papers and the prize is intended to support travel of the senior author and/or co-authors.

Emmanuelle Van Erck-Westergren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECEIM, an equine internal and sports medicine referral veterinarian practicing in Belgium, received the BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) Open Award for her paper, "Dynamic respiratory videoendoscopy in ridden sport horses: Effect of head flexion, riding and airway inflammation in 129 cases," published in the November 2011 issue of the EVJ.

This award is given for the paper that best achieves the EVJ's mission to publish articles which either influence and improve clinical practice and/or add significantly to the scientific knowledge that underpins and supports veterinary medicine in relation to the horse. The award is made by the BEVA Trust in recognition of Rossdale's immense contribution to BEVA and EVJ.

Elizabeth Hurd, who has just graduated from Cambridge, received the BEVA Trust Queen Mother Award for her report on her four week large animal externship at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. The award is given for the best travel report by a recipient of the Queen Mother Student Travel Award, which Elizabeth was granted in 2011.

Tinne Verheyen, DVM, of the faculty of large animal internal medicine at the University of Ghent in Belgium, was presented with The Voorjaarsdagen and BEVA Awards for her paper, "Extreme tachycardia and QRS broadening during exercise in horses with atrial fibrillation." The Voorjaarsdagen and BEVA Awards are selected and presented biannually, once at the Voorjaarsdagen Congress and once at BEVA Congress, and are open to all those presenting a clinical research paper.

Alexander Rabitsch, DVM, a practicing veterinarian in Austria, became the first recipient of the BEVA Trust / FVE Equine Transport Enforcement Award. The annual award was introduced by the BEVA Trust in 2010, in recognition of the individual or group working in the field, doing the most to improve enforcement of the current transport regulation.

Rabitsch is based on the main route for horses sourced for slaughter travelling from Eastern Europe to Italy. For the past 13 years, in cooperation with the Federal Police, he has carried out random checks on transporters of live animals to assess compliance with the current Regulation (EC) 1/2005. He has also made significant contribution to the training and education of those involved with the transport of live animals, such as farmers, drivers, and vets.

Editor's Note: Watch TheHorse.com in the coming months for coverage of select BEVA lectures.

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