Edinburgh vet scoops prestigious award
A canine specialist has received a top national honour in recognition of his outstanding contributions to veterinary surgery.
Dr Dylan Clements, a University of Edinburgh vet, collected the Simon Award at this year’s British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Annual Congress.
Dr Clements is a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies where he plays a key role in clinical services and teaching. He also carries out research into the genetic basis and functional aspects of dog osteoarthritis and leads the Dogslife project, the largest long-term study of canine health in the world.
The Simon Award is presented annually to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. It is named after Simon, a Golden Retriever guide dog whose sight was restored from blindness by pioneering veterinary surgery. The award was set up in 1962 by his owner, Mr J. Thomas, in appreciation of the work and surgical skill that made this possible. The winners are nominated by BSAVA members and approved by the awards committee.
I am very honoured to receive the Simon Award, and would like to thank the many colleagues with whom I work with, and the undergraduate students, postgraduate students and residents I have been lucky enough to supervise. Receipt of the award is wonderful recognition for our work together to advance the field of veterinary surgery.