Keith Chandler, new president of the British Equine Veterinary Association and partner at Kessock Equine Veterinary Clinic, was named Petplan equine vet of the year at last week’s annual Animal Health Trust equestrian awards (1 November).
Throughout the year horse owners from all over the UK nominate vets whom they feel are worthy of the title, which is then whittled down to a final three.
“All of this year’s nominees have shown enormous commitment to their profession making choosing just one winner very difficult,” said Isabella von Mesterhazy, of Petplan.
“However, Keith’s dedication to providing the highest levels of professional care and customer service and his ability to motivate his team to do so consistently for the practice’s clients, made his nomination stand out.”
Keith, is the senior partner at Kessock Equine Veterinary Clinic, Inverness. His mainareas of focus are equine internal medicine, stud medicine and care of the geriatric horse. He has lectured at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studiesand has also examined other vets sitting exams at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London. In September he became BEVA president.
“I was surprised to be nominated and I am humbled to have won,” said Keith.
“But, it really is recognition of the efforts of our whole team at Kessock Equine Vets. It was a pleasure and an honour to receive this award alongside many of our Olympic medallists and to win it in the year in which I have become president of BEVA. The profession’s been very kind to me and I am proud to be a vet.”