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RCVS Honours and Awards Evening 2021

We were delighted to host another virtual Honours & Awards Evening on Thursday 23 September 2021 - our annual celebration of achievement within the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions. In case you are unable to join, you can watch the recording from this page now.

RCVS Awards 2021

The RCVS Awards 2022 nominations round is now open. If there is someone who you think is deserving of an RCVS award, do please nominate them!  The deadline for nomination is Friday, 7 January 2022.


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  • Welcome and opening remarks, Dr Mandisa Greene RCVS Senior Vice-President
  • Presentation of RCVS Knowledge awards
  • Presentation of Sarah Brown Mental Health Research Grant
  • Presentation of RCVS Awards 
  • Keynote Presentation and Q&A - Dr Emily Collins-Wingate MRCVS

Meet our award recipients

During the ceremony, awards will be presented in the following order by the RCVS, from our charity partner RCVS Knowledge, and from our Mind Matters Initiative.

Knowledge Awards for Quality Improvement 

  • Jessica Pennock BVSc BSc MRCVS
  • Samantha Fonatine DipAVN(Medical) RVN 
  • The School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nottingham
  • Plymouth Veterinary Group and CVS Small Animal Team

Knowledge Veterinary Evidence Student Award 

  • Alexandra Bartlett BSc (Hons)

MMI Sarah Brown Grant 

  • Mr Bradley Hill MRCVS and Dr Kirstie Pickles MRCVS

RCVS Honorary Associateship Award 

  • Emeritus Professor Stuart Carter FRCPath
  • Anthony Martin

RCVS Student and Community Award 

  • Jack Church
  • Lavinia Economu

RCVS Compassion Award 

  • Dr David Martin BVSc MRCVS
  • Olivia Wassell RVN

RCVS Impact Award 

  • Alison Lambert BVSc MRCVS
  • Dr Gwenllian Rees BVSc PhD MRCVS

RCVS Inspiration Award 

  • Dr Daniella Dos Santos BVetMed FRCVS
  • Professor Mandy Peffers BVetMed FRCVS

RCVS International Award 

  • Emeritus Professor Michael Day BVMS FRCVS

RCVS VN Golden Jubilee Award 

  • Kirsty Cavill RVN

Queens Medal 

  • Dr John Baird Glen BVMS DVMS h.c. PhD DVA FRCA MRCVS

Read more about our award recipients

About our guest speaker

Emily Collins-WingateEmily Collins-Wingate BVMSci MRCVS
Twitter: @newgradfarmvet
Instagram: @thenewgradfarmvet

Emily graduated in 2020 from Surrey Vet School, part of the schools’ second cohort of graduates. During her studies she was President of the Veterinary Society for two years, volunteered as a student ambassador and became involved in the vet schools’ RCVS accreditation process.

In August 2020 Emily started working for Westpoint Farm Vets in Horsham, after spending almost two months seeing practice with the company during her studies. She is not from a farming family and is passionate about breaking down the perceived barriers that may prevent students considering farm vetting as a career option.

Since graduating Emily has developed a social media presence to promote the farming industry, raise awareness of the role of farm vets and reach out to current and prospective students.

Emily is thrilled, and slightly bemused, to be giving this speech. But she hopes to give an insight into the realities and challenges of entering the profession not only as a female farm vet, but as a new grad during a global pandemic.


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