The British Veterinary Association is seeking nominations for 2020's 'Young Vet of the Year'.

The award – now in its second year – recognises early-career vets who are making a difference through their day to day work – and is particularly pertinent this year, given the extra lengths vets have gone to within their local communities despite the difficulties presented by Covid-19.

The BVA Young Vet of the Year Award supported by Zoetis, aims to shine a light on younger vets who are making a valuable contribution across the profession. Last year’s winner, Emily Craven, was nominated for her passion for animal welfare and her enthusiasm for farm practice. She went above and beyond her call of duty as she balanced a full-time role whilst helping a local veterinary practice.

Applications are open to all vets registered with the RCVS and in the first eight years of their careers and can come from those working within any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics.

The organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work is recognised within the workplace or who has benefited the veterinary community.

BVA and Zoetis will jointly announce the winner in November and the winner will be awarded a prize of £1000 cash as well as a career-enhancing experience with Zoetis.

BVA president, Daniella Dos Santos, commented: “After such a successful launch of this award last year it’s really exciting to be inviting entries for 2020. It’s more important now than ever that we recognise and celebrate the huge contribution that young vets are making across the workforce in these challenging and uncertain times. I’m confident that we’ll once again see a really high standard of entries from across the veterinary community, and would encourage everyone to put themselves or a colleague forward if they fit the bill to be considered for this unique and prestigious award.”

Senior vice president Zoetis, UK, IRE and Nordics, Jamie Brannan, added: “Seeing the impact of this award last year and celebrating the difference talented young veterinary professionals are making in their field was a personal highlight for me and the wider Zoetis team. We are proud to be a partner, again this year, helping to build a habit of recognition especially now as young professionals need encouragement to continue to do the right thing through challenging times.”

The deadline for entries is September 7, 2020 and more information on the award and criteria can be found here - https://www.bva.co.uk/membership/bva-young-vet-membership/bva-young-vet-of-the-year-award/