Dick Vet wins Veterinary School of the Year Award
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has won the first ever Veterinary School of the year award at the WVA Animal Welfare Awards 2020.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has won the 2020 Global Animal Welfare Awards, which is run in conjunction with the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Ceva Animal Health.
The Veterinary School of the Year Award is in recognition of the School’s investment in teaching and training activities in animal welfare at undergraduate and postgraduate level, through the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, as well as the School's many outreach projects it runs around the world.
The World Veterinary Association (WVA) Awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding and exemplary welfare-related services to animals, animal owners, fellow veterinarians and the public in the veterinary profession.
Launched in 2017, the awards have been expanded this year to include new categories, including Veterinary School of the year and the Dick Vet is delighted to be the first recipient.
The award ceremony was due to take place during the 36th WVA Congress in Auckland, New Zealand earlier this year, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead the awards were streamed live during the WVA’s webinar on ‘The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Veterinary Profession’ on 29th October 2020. The award ceremony was followed by a series of short videos highlighting the work of each of the award recipients in their respective fields under a single common goal - improving the welfare of animals.
Commenting on the award, Professor Cathy Dwyer, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the Dick Vet, says: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the Veterinary School of the Year Award, which recognises our hard work in improving our animal welfare teaching and training, including our outreach and research activities.”
Professor David Argyle, Dean of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, adds: “We have embedded animal welfare throughout the curriculum right from the start until when our students’ graduate and I would like to think that our graduates actually take animal welfare away as a lifelong learning opportunity. We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years, so I’m incredibly optimistic for the future.”
James Russell, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), says: “Congratulations to all our colleagues at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. We are delighted that the team has been recognised for its commitment to animal welfare. There has never been a more important time to recognise the contribution of our veterinary colleagues.”
“We would like to congratulate the team at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies for its vision, dedication and hard work in improving the welfare of animals through its investment in teaching and training activities,” comments Cuneyt Seckin, Managing Director of Ceva Animal Health UK and Ireland.
About the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos.
The School comprises:
- The Roslin Institute
- The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
- The Roslin Innovation Centre
- The Hospital for Small Animals
- Equine Veterinary Services
- Farm Animal Services
- Easter Bush Pathology
- The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education
We represent the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.