The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has presented Dr Henry Lamb, a poultry and gamebird veterinary surgeon, with its Young (BVA) Vet of the Year 2023 award.
This accolade celebrates Dr Lamb’s work tackling avian influenza, as well as promoting the poultry industry and supporting veterinary mental health.
The Norfolk-based veterinary surgeon began working for Crowshall Veterinary Services after graduating in 2018, where he provides consultancy and Official Veterinarian (OV) provision to the poultry and gamebird industry across Great Britain. He has also worked through bird flu outbreaks, held OV panels and prepared for the export changes prompted by Brexit.
Dr Lamb is a mental health first aider, and a trustee of the regional rural mental health charity You Are Not Alone. He is also a deputy rotation lead for RVC’s new poultry rotation and is the co-lead of his practice green group, through which he has supported his practice in receiving top Green accreditation for sustainability with Investors in the Environment.
Dr Henry Lamb said: “To be named BVA Young Vet of the Year is a huge honour and it means all the more having heard about the outstanding work, dedication and skills of the other two finalists.
“I’m delighted that after a challenging few years the poultry sector has been highlighted tonight, as all those involved have worked tirelessly to overcome the largest animal health outbreak the UK has experienced in recent times - I hope that winning this award will encourage more young vets to consider joining us in the poultry sector. It’s extremely rewarding work.”
The decision was made by a judging panel consisting of BVA president Anna Judson, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) president Sue Paterson, national veterinary lead ruminant and equine at Zoetis UK Ally Ward, and previous award winner Hannah Hunt.
The award, which recognises young veterinary surgeons who contribute significantly to their work place or the wider veterinary community, received 140 nominations this year. The runners up were equine practice manager Camilla Church and charity worker Rebecca Hampson.
Dr Anna Judson said: “Henry’s dedication and hard work shines through in what is a particularly testing time for the poultry sector. His enthusiasm, not only for the work itself, but for encouraging and supporting other young vets and students to consider roles in the poultry sector, is inspirational.
“On behalf of all the judges, I wish Henry huge congratulations - he clearly has a bright future ahead.”
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