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The RCVS Inspiration Award

The RCVS Inspiration Award was agreed by RCVS Council in 2017, with the first awards being bestowed at Royal College Day in July 2018.

Louise Northway RVN receiving the Inspiration Award from RCVS President Amanda Boag

The award is bestowed upon a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse at any stage in of their career who has demonstrated the ability to inspire and enthuse others consistently throughout.

It is open to those who have inspired and motivated individuals anywhere within the profession and recognises those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ what may normally be expected from a professional colleague.

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 Inspiration Awards may be made in any year.

The deadline for making nominations for the 2022 RCVS Honours & Awards is Friday 7 January 2022. Nominations can be made via the downloadable PDF nomination form on this webpage.

Successful nominees for RCVS Honours & Awards will be invited to attend Royal College Day in July 2022.

Previous RCVS Inspiration Award recipients

2021: Dr Daniella Dos Santos FRCVS, previously the youngest ever President of the BVA who was nominated for the leadership role she took during the coronavirus pandemic. Her nominator Cat Henstridge MRCVS, said that Daniella had been a true inspiration to the profession during the pandemic, leading from the front with a calm, considered and sympathetic attitude and clearly setting out a path for the rest of the profession to follow. 

2021: Professor Mandy Peffers FRCVS, a Wellcome Trust Clinical Intermediate Fellow in Musculoskeletal & Ageing Science at the Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Her nominator Eithne Comerford FRCVS, Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Liverpool, said Mandy was an inspiration for taking a ‘quantum career leap’ from being a practising veterinary surgeon balancing work and family commitments to entering academia as a Wellcome Trust researcher. 

2020: Dr Freda Scott-Park MRCVS, former president of both the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) as well as the current coordinator of the Highlands & Islands Veterinary Services Scheme, for her leading role in The Links Group, an organisation which seeks to identify and raise awareness of the links between human-to-animal abuse and other forms of abusive behaviour.

2019: Dr Laura Mary Muir MRCVS, 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 RVN, 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 OBE MRCVS, Emeritus Professor in Equine Internal Medicine at the University of Liverpool in recognition of his inspiring generations of veterinary students, residents and Specialists. Please take a listen to our RCVS Podcast interview with Derek talking about how members of the profession can seize the day and inspire their peers.

2018: Dr Ebony Escalona MRCVS for her work as a veterinary advisor at the Brooke equine charity and as the founding member of the Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify Facebook group which encourages veterinary surgeons to share their experiences and ideas on career progression.Please take a listen to our RCVS Podcast interview with Ebony talking about the many doors that can be opened with a 'veterinary passport'.