Horse owners across the UK are asked to nominate their local veterinarian for the fifth Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award.

The award is presented at the annual Animal Health Trust (AHT) equestrian awards and was created by Petplan to “recognise the dedication, knowledge and skill demonstrated every day by equine vets across the UK”.

It’s the perfect opportunity for horse owners to publicly thank their vet for the care they provide to their horses and the support they offer to each owner, said a spokesman for the company.

The person who submits the winning nomination will receive an annual subscription to Horse & Rider magazine and a Petplan Equine-branded numnah and Horseware jacket.

The current holder of the Petplan Equine Vet of the Year title is Chris Pearce, who is based in Dorset.

In 2001 Chris became the first veterinary surgeon to qualify as an equine dental technician, the area in which he now specialises.

Nominate your vet at www.petplanequine.co.uk/vetaward. Nominations close on 5 July.

The winner will be decided by an independent specialist panel and will be announced at the AHT Awards in London, on Thursday 1 November.