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The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) awards were announced at the BEVA congress last month.

Dr Alexander Rabitsch – a practising vet in Austria – became the first recipient of the BEVA Trust/FVE Equine Transport Enforcement Award on 13 September in Birmingham, recognising his efforts to improve enforcement of the current transport regulation.

Among the other award winners was Keith Meldrum. The former chief veterinary officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was given the BEVA Equine Welfare Award for his involvement with issues ranging from transportation regulation through to contraception for semi-feral ponies.

Clare Scantlebury, PhD researcher at the University of Liverpool, received the BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award in recognition of her research on recurrent colic.

The winner of BEVA Trust Peter Rossdale Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) Open Awardwas Dr. Emmanuelle Van Erck. This award is given for the paper that influences and improves clinical practice the most.

Elizabeth Hurd, who has just graduated from Cambridge, received the BEVA Trust Queen Mother Award for her report on her four week large animal externship at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

The Voorjaarsdagen and BEVA Award, which is presented biannually for clinical research papers, went to Tinne Verheyen from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

For more information visit www.beva.org.uk