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The RCVS Impact Award

The RCVS Impact Award was agreed by RCVS Council in 2017, with the first award being made in 2018.

Prof Sarah Freeman receiving the Impact Award from RCVS President Amanda Boag

The award is bestowed upon a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse who has recently, or is currently, undertaking a project, initiative or similar that has a significant impact on the profession at large, animal health or welfare, or public health.

Such impact could have been made through any field of veterinary endeavour, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics.

Nominations can be made by any MRCVS or RVN, excluding current RCVS Council and VN Council members. The nominations period usually starts in the autumn and closes in January.

Up to 2 RCVS Impact Awards can be bestowed in any year.

The deadline for putting forward nominations for 2021 has now passed. 

Successful nominees for RCVS Honours & Awards will be invited to attend the virtual awards ceremony taking place on 23 September 2021.


Previous RCVS Impact Award recipients

2020: Dr Rosie Allister MRCVS, a leading campaigner and researcher for and about veterinary mental health, as well as a veterinary educator, the manager of the Vetlife Helpline and a member of the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative Taskforce for her contributions to research, awareness-raising and tackling stigma around mental health.

2020: Hannah Capon MRCVS, the co-founder and director of Canine Arthritis Management (CAM), a self-funded social enterprise that provides advice to both other veterinary professionals and animal owners on the treatment and management of arthritis in dogs, for her contributions to awareness-raising of canine arthritis amongst the profession and public.

2019: Professor Sarah Louise Freeman FRCVS, 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 FRCVS, 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 MRCVS, co-founder of the StreetVet charity which provides free and accessible veterinary care to homeless pet owners on the streets of London and other cities in England. Please listen to our podcast interview with Jade Statt in which she speaks about the difference StreetVet has made to the homeless community and their companion animals.