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Matt wins vet ‘oscars’ at BSAVA

Matt Brash, the popular celebrity vet who starred in the ITV series ‘Zoo Vet’ and ‘Zoo Vet at Large’, has received a Special Recognition Award at the Petplan Veterinary Awards, the equivalent of the ‘Vet Oscars’.

Petplan was delighted to present Matt Brash with the prestigious award at a black-tie gala dinner on 3rd April in Birmingham at the Burlington Hotel, and OUR DOGS was on the spot to bring you all the awards and photos.

Photo Vince Hogan

*PET PLAN’s night of stars took place at the BSAVA congress last Thursday and host TV celebrity Michael McIntyre met up with Sophie Parker of Pet Plan…and also enjoyed reading his copy of OUR DOGS.

Voted for by the public, the Special Recognition Award aims to recognise and applaud the vet who has most effectively promoted the topic of animal welfare to the public. Judges commended Matt for his tireless work in raising awareness of zoo animals within the UK.

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this award for my work in the media promoting the health and welfare of the UK’s animals”, explains Matt.

“It is such a privilege to be a practising vet who is also able to reach so many people through TV and radio to raise awareness of the importance of responsible pet care and welfare.

There are a number of exceptional vets, veterinary nurses, receptionists and practices throughout the country.

This year’s nominees all deserve to be applauded for the huge contribution they make to the happiness and well-being of our nation’s pets.”

Matt Brash receives his award from fellow TV Vet Marc Abrahams and celebrity compere Michael McIntyre

The Petplan Veterinary Awards also awarded staff and practices throughout the country that delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation’s pets, and their owners and the awards list is as follows:

VET OF THE YEAR Brian Faulkner of the Melton Veterinary Surgery, Woodbridge; Brian’s understanding and compassion for his clients’ pets impressed judges. Brian, often known as ‘Uncle Brian’ by his clients, continuously goes over and above the call of duty and fully deserves the title ‘Vet of the Year 2008’.

VET NURSE OF THE YEAR Louisa Baker of the Priors Leaze Veterinary Centre, Chichester The judges believe that Louisa is an excellent role model for those interested in veterinary nursing. She spends quality time supporting and training those around her and has the unusual ability to win people over instantaneously with her kind and gentle manner. According to her clients, friends and colleagues she is “one in a million”.

VET RECEPTIONIST OF THE YEAR Margaret Gait of Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates, Lydd. Margaret has worked at Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates for 15 years, and is now a popular, much loved member of the local community. She is a hard working, conscientious team player, who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty – and often stays late to help with emergencies or to clean up after surgery.

VET PRACTICE OF THE YEAR Orwell Veterinary Group, Ipswich. Orwell Veterinary Group was described as having a number of ‘remarkable’ qualities by the panel of judges. The high level of customer care, staff’s dedication to continued professional development and the emphasis on developing strong client relationships were all described as exceptional.

Watch out for further exclusive photos and news from both the PETPLAN awards night and also the BSAVA Congress in next week’s OUR DOGS.