Princess Anne and three equine vets were rewarded for their work for horses at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) congress last week (Thursday 11 September).

Princess Anne was presented with the BEVA equine welfare award, which was sponsored by Blue Cross.

She received the award as recognition for her ongoing work with horses and equine charities. She is president or patron of 320 organisations, including Riding for the Disabled Association, World Horse Welfare, the Animal Health Trust, The Horse Trust and BEVA.

Princess Anne visited the event in Birmingham to receive her award and attend a debate “Welfare charities at home and abroad: money well spent?”

The BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award was given to Dr Stephanie J Valberg, professor and director of the University of Minnesota Equine Centre, USA.

The award is given in memory of Richard Hartley, a founder member of BEVA and president from 1974 to 1975. It is awarded for evidence-based papers and the prize is intended to support travel of the senior author and/or co-authors.

Dr Valberg received it for her paper Pasture myopathy/atypical myopathy in North America associated with ingestion of hypoglycin A within seeds of the box elder tree by SJ Valberg, BT Sponseller, AD Hegeman, J Earing, JB Bender, KL Martinson, SE Patterson, L Sweetman.

The BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) open award was presented to Dr Weston Davis from Palm Beach Equine Clinic, USA for the paper Return to use and performance following exploratory celiotomy for colic in horses: 195 cases (2003–2010) by W Davis, CA Fogle, MP Gerard, JF Levine, AT Blikslager.

This award is given for the paper that best achieves the EVJ’s mission to publish articles which either influence and improve clinical practice and/or add significantly to the scientific knowledge that underpins and supports equine veterinary medicine. The award is made by the BEVA Trust in recognition of Peter Rossdale’s immense contribution to BEVA and EVJ.

The Voorjaarsdagen and BEVA Awards were introduced in 2005 to mark the close relationship between the two associations. The award is selected and presented biannually, once at the Voorjaarsdagen Congress and once at BEVA Congress, and is open to all those presenting a Clinical Research paper.

Dr Ignacio Lizarraga of Ross University, St Kitts, West Indies took this year’s BEVA award. His paper Sedation and mechanical hypoalgesia induced by four different dosages of butorphanol in xylazine-premedicated donkeys.

The Voorjaarsdagen Award winner will be selected from those presenting a Clinical Research paper at this year’s BEVA Congress. Their prize will be an expenses paid trip to the Voorjaarsdagen Congress 2015 where they will have the opportunity to present their paper again.