Finalists announced for Equine Vet of the Year

By: Horse Deals

Finalists announced for Equine Vet of the Year
Judy Scrine, MA VetMB MRCVS, who does charity work for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust
Petplan Equine has announced the three finalists for the third annual Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award 2010.

Nearly 200 nominations were received for this people’s award, sponsored by Petplan Equine. The winner will be announced at the 22nd Animal Health Trust (AHT) Equestrian Awards ceremony to be held at The Lancaster London, on the evening of Thursday 4 November.

UK horse owners nominated their vets as those who they felt had gone above and beyond the call of duty. A short list of three finalists was then drawn up and a winner will be selected by an independent panel consisting of; David Stickels, Head of Fundraising AHT, Alison Bridge, Editor-in-Chief of Horse&Rider Magazine, Madeleine Campbell, President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), Gil Riley, 2009 Petplan Equine Vet of the Year and Alison Andrew, Petplan Equine Marketing Manager.

The finalists are:

David Denny, B.Vet.Med MRCVS, has run his own general veterinary practice in Worcester for more than 40 years. He comes from a family of vets and was inspired to join the profession by his grandfather, great uncle and uncle.and prides himself on running a small personal practice. The judges were particularly impressed with his years of experience in carrying out diagnoses and his commitment to always putting the welfare of the horse first.

Judy Scrine, MA VetMB MRCVS, from Mayes and Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice in Sussex first decided she wanted to be an equine vet at the age of three. After qualifying from Cambridge in 1991, Judy gained 10 years of equine veterinary experience before joining Ben Mayes to set up a specialist equine practice in 2001. She also does charity work for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. The judges were impressed with Judy’s professional manner, her thorough knowledge and her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Vincenzo Franco DVM MRVCS qualified in Italy having wanted to be a vet from childhood. He combined his passion for horses with his profession and has worked exclusively on horses for nearly 20 years, the first 14 of which were spent working with racehorses. Vincenzo joined a large practice when he moved to the UK before then setting up on his own in October 2009. The judges were impressed by Vincenzo’s perfect bedside manner with all horses. His clients reported that Vincenzo explains everything full detail and, importantly, in laymen's terms.

"It was incredibly difficult choosing just three finalists," said Alison Andrew, Petplan Equine marketing manager. "The nominees this year have again been genuinely outstanding. It is a great privilege to read the nominations and see the incredible commitment shown by equine vets across the UK."

The winner will be announced on on Friday 5 November.