The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) has been rewarded for its work by the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners).

SPANA is the first organisation outside America to receive the Lavin Cup, an award that recognises groups working to improve equine welfare.

The British charity provides veterinary care to working animals in developing countries and education programmes to school children in Africa and the Middle East, teaching them about animal welfare and caring for animals.

SPANA also conducts research into the welfare of working equines with universities in the UK and US.

Jeremy Hulme, chief executive at SPANA, said: “I’m absolutely amazed and delighted at being awarded this prestigious accolade.

“It really is a credit to our teams all over the globe who work so hard for animals and the people who depend on them.”

For more information on SPANA or to donate, visit www.spana.org, www.facebook.com/spanacharity or www.twitter.com/spana