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 BoagThe 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 nomination period for the Inspiration Award 2020 is now open with nominations being accepted until Friday 10 January 2020. The Inspiration Award will be bestowed at Royal College Day 2020 which takes place on 1 Great George Street on Friday 10 July 2020

How to nominate

Using our online webforms

You can use our webform to make a nomination for the Inspiration Award via our website. The two supporters’ statements should be attached to the webform as separate word documents.

Please note that the webforms do not currently allow the user to save their form and return to it later. We recommend that you write out your answers into a Word document that you can save, and then copy and paste your answers into the webform to avoid losing your work.

Download a nomination form

Alternatively, you can download a nomination form for the Inspiration Award from the 'Related documents' section, at the end of this page. Once completed you can then either email it to Susie Tomlin, RCVS Executive Assistant, on or send it by post to Susie Tomlin, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 62 – 64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF. Please ensure that you email or post two additional supporting statements from the nomination’s two supports. At least one of these must be someone who is not a close working colleague of the person nominated, to demonstrate breadth of support. The supporting statements should be no longer than 250 words and should include:

  • The name of the nominee
  • The award or honour for which they are being proposed
  • Supporter’s job title
  • Relationship to the nominee
  • Information about why the supporter believes the nominee should receive the Inspiration Award
  • Date

Previous RCVS Inspiration Award recipients

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'.