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Rabbit-friendly vet awards return for 2022
Dr Sophie Jenkins (pictured), winner of the 2020 Rabbit Vet of the Year award, has joined the judging panel for 2022.
The Burgess Excel Vet Awards will run for a third year.

Rabbit-friendly veterinary professionals and practices will be celebrated at the 2022 Burgess Excel Vet Awards, which has just been confirmed to return for its third year running.

In collaboration with the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF), the awards are open to UK-based practising veterinary surgeons and nurses who have unquestionably demonstrated exceeding levels of care and advice to rabbits, guinea pigs and owners.

Director at RWAF, Rae Walters, expressed RWAF's excitement for the award's return: We’re absolutely delighted to continue to support these important awards, which champion vet practices and individuals who work tirelessly to provide the highest standards of care for rabbits and guinea pigs.”

Eight award categories will be available for submission. These are:

    •   Rabbit Vet of the Year
    •   Rabbit Vet Nurse of the Year
    •   Rabbit Support Staff of the Year
    •   Rabbit Practice of the Year
    •   Rabbit Student of the Year
    •   Rabbit Friendly Charity Practice of the Year
    •   Guinea Pig Friendly Practice of the Year
    •   Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) Campaign of the Year.

Nominations will open on 8 August 2022, and will be free to submit. After consideration from a judging panel of notable industry figures, veterinary professionals and rabbit specialists, the results will be announced at the London Vet Show 2022. 

Dr Suzanne Moyes, spokesperson for the Rabbit Action Awareness Group (RAAG) and Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW), veterinary director at Burgess and member of the judging panel, said: “As a key source of trusted information for many rabbit and guinea pig owners, veterinary practices continue to play a vital role in engaging with - and helping - them understand the complex and high levels of care and attention that these amazing animals need. 

“It has been wonderful to read the previous awards entries over the past two years and really encouraging that so many veterinary professionals are going above and beyond for these fantastic creatures. 

“We are looking forward to receiving this year’s entries, although we know we will face a difficult job in choosing the worthy winners!”

Those interested in submitting a nomination can do so on the awards website, or by completing a nomination form and returning it via post. Further information on the award categories and eligibility criteria can be found here

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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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Duchess of York stars in charity calendar

The National Foundation for Retired Service Animals (NFRSA) has released its charity calendar for 2024, featuring Sarah, Duchess of York and a selection of the retired service animals the charity supports.

The 12 images were taken by animal photographer Gerry Slade and include retired police dogs and horses, a former border force detector dog, and a retired fire investigation and urban search and rescue dog.

Sarah, Duchess of York, who is a patron of the charity, appears alongside retired police dog Jessie in the photograph for December.

So far this year, the charity has given more than 40,000 in grants to help former service animals with their veterinary care. After retirement, they receive no financial support from the Government and obtaining affordable insurance can be difficult.