Vets who have gone above and beyond the call of duty will be celebrated at the Ceva 2016 Animal Welfare Awards.

Candidates will be assessed on the evidence provided on the nomination form.

Since the awards began in 2010, hundreds of veterinary professionals have been put forward.

There are seven categories, which are open to all ages, and entries will be accepted from across the world.

Nominations are now open and close on 11 January.

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Winners and runners up will be revealed at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association in Gloucestershire on 6 April.

“We really have been awed and humbled by the nominations over the past four years and we expect this year to be no exception”, said Alan Doyle from Ceva.

“The lengths to which some wonderful people go to ensure the health and happiness of animals across the world really knows no bounds.

“Not only do the awards champion people involved in animal welfare, but they also raise awareness of this important work to wider audiences.”

Judges include Christopher Laurence MBE and chief vet at the RSPCA James Yeates.

The sections are:

• Chris Laurence vet of the year
• VN Times welfare nurse of the year
• Charity professional of the year (UK and international)
• Charity team of the year (UK and international)
• Volunteer of the year welfare award (UK and international)
• Farm animal welfare award (UK and international)
• International cat care welfare award

Last years winners include Melissa Liszewski, from equine welfare charity The Brooke, who won the charity professional of the year award.

Hayley Walters, Angela Humphrey, Manchester Dog’s Home, the IAWPA, Gwen Butler, Becky Whay, Brigita Kymantaité and John Knight were the other winners.

For more information and to nominate someone for an award, visit: www.cevawelfareawards.com.