College announces recipients of 2018 RCVS honours

by Ellen Hardy
06 April 2018, at 12:14p.m.

The RCVS has announced the recipients of this year’s RCVS honours, including those who will be receiving the new Impact and Inspiration Awards. The Impact Award recognises veterinary surgeons who are undertaking projects and initiatives that have a discernible impact on the profession and/or animal health and welfare, and the Inspiration Awards recognise those inspiring others with their actions and words.

Jade Statt, the founder of the StreetVet project, which provides free and accessible veterinary care to homeless pet owners in London, is the recipient of the Impact Award. She was nominated by StreetVet volunteer Gabriel Galea who said: “Jade’s most substantial contribution has been to the welfare of the dogs she selflessly gives up her time and energy to treat, using resources she works hard to source.”

Derek Knottenbelt and Ebony Escalona are the recipients of this year’s Inspiration Awards. Derek, who is Emeritus Professor in equine internal medicine at the University of Liverpool and Director of Equine Medical Solutions, has been recognised for inspiring generations of veterinary students, residents and specialists.

Ebony was recognised for her work as a veterinary advisor at the Brooke equine charity, as the founding member of the Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify Facebook group which encourages veterinary surgeons to share their experiences and ideas, and for her involvement in the Learn Appeal Project which provides basic veterinary, farriery and husbandry information to rural communities without access to internet connections.

The recipients of the International Awards are Alemayehu Hailemariam, a veterinary surgeon who does much of the Brooke’s clinical and educational fieldwork in Ethiopia, and Rachel Wright, who trained as a veterinary nurse and founded the Tree of Life for Animals animal hospital in Rajasthan, India.

The Queen’s Medal, the highest honour the College can bestow on a veterinary surgeon, recognises a distinguished career. This year’s recipient is Peter Clegg, an equine vet who is Head of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool, an institute engaging in veterinary, medical and biomedical research relating to musculoskeletal biology and ophthalmology. His nominator, Mandy Peffers, said that throughout his research and clinical careers, Peter “has been instrumental in developing and mentoring many individuals”.

All awards will be bestowed at RCVS Day 2018, which takes place on 13 July.