Three vets have been short-listed from over 200 nominations for the Petplan Equine Vet of the Year Award 2010.

David Denny, Judy Scrine (pictured) and Vincenzo Franco have all been deemed by their clients to have gone “beyond the call of duty”. The three were among hundreds of nominations from horse owners all over the UK.

The winner of the third annual award will be announced on 4 November, at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) Equestrian Awards in London.

“It was incredibly difficult choosing just three finalists,” said Petplan Equine marketing manager Alison Andrew.

The nominees this year have again been genuinely outstanding. It is a great privilege to read the nominations and see the incredible commitment shown by equine vets across the UK.”

Worcester-based David Denny comes from a family of vets and has run his own general veterinary practice for over 40 years. So committed is David that he even treated a horse on the day of his daughter’s wedding.

At the age of three, Judy Scrine, from Mayes and Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice in Sussex, knew she wanted to become a vet. Now an established equine vet Judy also does charity work for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust and the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Italian Vincenzo Franco qualified in his home country before moving to the UK to set up on his own in Goole, Yorkshire, in October 2009. Vincenzo has spent 20 years working with horses, 14 of those with racehorses.