The RCVS International Award

This award was bestowed for the first time in 2017, in order to recognise veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses or laypeople who have worked internationally, from either within or outside the UK.

Dr Abdul-Jalil Mohammadzai receiving the International Award from RCVS President Amanda BoagRecipients should have made an outstanding contribution on issues that are in line with the RCVS mission, for example, around raising veterinary standards, veterinary education, improving animal health and welfare, developing leadership, promoting mental health and welfare.

Nominees for the award do not need to be MRCVS or RVNs, nor do they necessarily need similar or equivalent status if they live and work outside the UK.

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

Up to 2 RCVS International Awards can be bestowed each year.

The nomination period for the International Award 2020 is now open with nominations being accepted until Friday 10 January 2020. International Awards 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 International 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 International 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 s.tomlin@rcvs.org.uk 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 International Award 
  • Date

Previous RCVS International Award recipients

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, an Ethiopian veterinarian who works for the Brooke equine charity and carries out much of its clinical and education fieldwork in Ethiopia. Please take a listen to our podcast interview with Alemayehu talking about his work for the Brooke in Ethiopia.

2018: Rachel Wright, who trained as a veterinary nurse in the UK and founded the Tree of Life for Animals (or TOLFA) animal hospital in Rajasthan, India in 2005. Please take a listen to our podcast interview with Rachel talking about working in the animal charity sector in India.

2017: 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 Vet Futurs France.