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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 Boag

Recipients 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 wellbeing.

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 deadline for making nominations for the 2022 RCVS Honours & Awards is Friday, 28 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 International Award recipients

2021: Emeritus Professor Michael Day FRCVS, sadly passed away in May 2020 and was nominated posthumously by Dr Frances Barr FRCVS, a veterinary surgeon who worked with him as a colleague at the University of Bristol and when Professor Day was Chair of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Education Committee. She praised Professor Day as a prolific researcher and writer, focusing on companion animal immune-mediated and infectious diseases. His contributions to the field were acknowledged by many other awards, including the BSAVA Amoroso Award (1999), the RCVS Trust's G Norman Hall medal (2003) and the Pet Plan Charitable Trust Scientific Award (2009).

2020: Not awarded. 

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 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 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.