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Recipients of RCVS Honours

Below are summary citations for successful recipients of RCVS Honours from the last 6 years.

The Queen's Medal

2019: Professor the Lord Trees, Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool and a Cross-bench Peer of the House of Lords, for his outstanding contributions to the profession, who has dedicated their career to working above and beyond the call of duty in the fields of veterinary medicine or science. As the only veterinarian in Parliament, Lord Trees is a great ambassador for the veterinary profession, ensuring the veterinary voice is heard from the highest levels of government, all the way through to the client, on a global basis. 

2018: Professor Peter Clegg for uniting the best characteristics of a clinical career, an academic research career and a mentor. For his truly remarkable academic achievements combined with his ability to nurture the careers of those around him and contribute to the human and veterinary medical world.

2017: Dr Barry Johnson for his years of service to clinical practice, veterinary education and public service - including 28 years on RCVS Council and his position as High Sheriff of Lancashire from 2014 to 2015.

2016: Professor Randolph Richards for his contribution to fish health and welfare, aquaculture, and the development of the salmon farming industry in Scotland.

2015: Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, the first veterinary surgeon to sit in the House of Lords and former President of both the RCVS and Royal Society of Medicine, for his contribution to veterinary politics and academia.

2014: Mr Desmond Thompson, a former President of the RCVS and the British Veterinary Association, for his contribution to the veterinary community in Northern Ireland and beyond.

The Veterinary Nursing Golden Jubilee Award

2019: Jane Devaney RVN, Head Nurse at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool, for her dedication to the veterinary nursing profession and tireless work to make make veterinary nursing a specialism equal to any other branch of equine veterinary practice, cementing the incredible value of veterinary nurses as part of the veterinary team.

2018: The Golden Jubilee was not awarded this year.

2017: Kathy Kissick RVN for her contribution to veterinary education as former Head of Veterinary Nursing and Myerscough College and her championing of the profession as Chair of VN Council. 

2016: Louise O’Dwyer RVN for her leadership role in the profession as a clinical director for a veterinary group, her advocacy on behalf on the profession and her research work into antimicrobial resistance. 

2015: Dot Creighton RVN for her pioneering awareness raising on behalf of the profession as a President of the British Veterinary Nursing Association including founding what would become VN Awareness Month. 

2014: Hayley Walters RVN for her clinical, education and international outreach work as an Anaesthesia and Welfare Veterinary Nurse at the University of Edinburgh Hospital for Small Animals and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

RCVS International Award

2019: Dr Abdul-Jalil Mohammadzai, Country Director - Mayhew Afghanistan, for his his exceptional achievements with regards to improving animal health and welfare in one of the most challenging parts of the world – Kabul, Afghanistan. 

2019: Dr Samuel Thevasagayam, Deputy Director for Global Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for his work improving the health of livestock, optimising livestock productivity and enabling economic growth of people who depend on livestock, particularly in the developing world.

2018: Dr Alemayehu Hailemariam for his work leading the Brooke equine charity's animal health programme in Ethiopia.

2018: Rachel Wright who qualified as a veterinary nurse in the UK and founded the Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) hospital in Rajasthan, India. 

2017: Mr Christophe Buhot, former President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, for his contribution to the veterinary profession across the continent and for championing Vet Futures Europe and VETFUTURS France.

RCVS Impact Award

2019: Professor Sarah Louise Freeman, Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Nottingham, for her work developing the ‘REACT now to prevent colic’ educational programme with The British Horse Society - which has had a significant impact on equine welfare, public awareness and the veterinary profession as a result of their research and educational campaigns. 

2019: Professor Paul Damien McGreevy, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney in Australia, for showing how the training of veterinary surgeons can lead to remarkable international impact on animal health and welfare.  

2018: Jade Statt for co-founding the charity StreetVet and the impact it has had on homeless communities across England. 

RCVS Inspiration Award

2019: Dr Laura Mary Muir, for the positive influence she has had on the veterinary community due to successfully combining study demands with the rigours of elite sport - combining her undergraduate education with a world-class athletics career.

2019: Louise Northway, for constantly championing the valued skills of veterinary nurses and their contribution to the veterinary community via her well-known social media platform ‘Lou the Vet Nurse’ and, more recently, through her role on the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s governing Council. 

2018: Professor Derek Knottenbelt for mentoring and inspiring generations of veterinary students, residents and RCVS Specialists in his role as Professor of Equine Medicine at the University of Liverpool.

2018: Dr Ebony Escalona for her work with the Brooke equine charity and founding the Vets: Stay, Go or Diversify group.

Honorary Associates

2019: No Honorary Associates were awarded this year.

2018: No Honorary Associates were awarded this year.

2017: Heather Armstrong for her contribution to the health and welfare of equids as Director of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

2017: Professor Duncan Maskell for his contribution to pathogen research and animal-focused science as the first non-vet Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and current Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Cambridge and Marks & Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science and Food Safety.

2016: Professor David Lane for his contribution to the profession through his support of the launch of the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and the status of Advanced Practitioner.

2015: Dr Michael J Francis for his exceptional impact on the wellbeing of livestock and pets globally through the vaccines he has developed against infectious diseases.

2015: Miss Catherine A Phillips for her dedication to enhancing veterinary nurse training in both the small animal and equine fields.

2015: Dr Phillip Sketchley for his tireless contribution to the pharmaceutical industry and for his work alongside the veterinary profession and at the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH).

2014: No Honorary Associates were awarded this year.

Honorary Fellows

The last Honorary Fellowships were awarded in 2016 when the new RCVS Fellowship scheme was launched.

2016: Dr Ian Wright for his contribution to equine surgery.

2016: Professor Martin Hugh-Jones for his contribution to veterinary epidemiology. 

2015: Mr Nick Henderson for his pivotal role in the development of veterinary associations and societies, particularly those which encourage the profession to speak out and engage with the public.

2015: Professor Donald Kelly for being a leader in the field of veterinary pathology and for inspiring generations of trainee veterinary pathologists.

2015: Mr Alistair Lawrie for his contribution to animal welfare in Scotland through his work as Director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as well as his expertise in avian and exotics medicine.

2014: Mr Andrew Holliman for his long service as a VIO, a highly respected pathologist with a particular interest in cattle and fish whose steady support and experience have proved invaluable to the North West veterinary community.

2014: Professor Maxwell Murray for his work with protozoal diseases particularly trypanosomosis, a highly respected mentor and role model during his career and in retirement.

2014: Mr Donald Rutty for his exemplary scientific work and his work as a comparative pathologist and MRCPath providing a unique bridge extrapolating animal-based knowledge to human clinical endeavour.