Do you know an inspirational early career vet? Nominations open for BVA’s Young Vet of the Year 2024

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has begun the search for this year’s Young Vet of the Year and is calling on the public and veterinary professionals to nominate exceptional candidates who have made a big impact since starting out.

The prestigious award, sponsored by Zoetis, celebrates vets in the early stages of their career who have shown outstanding care, dedication or success. They may have delivered exceptional care to a patient; made a positive contribution to their community or wider veterinary profession; or shown their dedication to a cause. Whatever the achievement, large or small, BVA wants to hear about the difference these vets have made.

This year, as well as inviting veterinary professionals to nominate their early career colleagues, BVA is particularly encouraging animal owners and vet clients to shout out about the amazing young and early career vets they have encountered and the positive experiences they have had. BVA is also accepting self-nominations, from early career vets keen to demonstrate their ambition and dedication to the profession.

British Veterinary Association President Anna Judson said: “Our profession’s young vets may only be at the start of their careers, but so many have already made positive contributions to the profession as well as their communities. It has been a difficult time for vet teams, with workforce shortages and the Competition and Markets Authority investigation, but despite the intense pressures, young vets continue to work incredibly hard to give animals and their owners or keepers exceptional care and compassion. This award is a fantastic opportunity to spotlight that dedication and success.”

Oya Canbas, General Manager of Zoetis UK, said “At Zoetis, we are proud to support the Young Vet of the Year award, which recognises the remarkable dedication and achievements of young veterinarians. These individuals play a crucial role in advancing animal health and welfare, often going above and beyond to provide exceptional care and make a positive impact in their communities. We are excited to celebrate their contributions and look forward to seeing the inspiring stories of this year’s nominees.”

This highly respected award is the only one of its kind in terms of cross-community reach and is open to all those registered with the RCVS and in the first eight years of their careers. Applications can be from members of the public and those working within any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. The award is also open for self-entry and nominations.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 14 November 2024 at the BVA Awards Ceremony, held during London Vet Show, where they will receive a prize package which includes £1,000, a year of free BVA membership and mentoring/engagement opportunity with Zoetis.

The deadline for entries is 9am on Monday 2 September 2024. To find out more or submit an entry, visit

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