The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Welfare Award 2013, sponsored by Blue Cross, has been presented to AM “Mac” Johnston, OBE, BVM&S, DVetMed, FRSH, HonFRCVS, in recognition of his long-standing commitment to mentoring and supporting veterinarians working in the remote Scottish Highlands, helping to improve the welfare of horses in the region.

The award, which was introduced by BEVA in conjunction with the leading pet charity in 2000, is a formal recognition of significant contributions made by veterinary surgeons and others to horse welfare. Johnston received the award at the 52nd BEVA Annual Congress Sept. 12, from Blue Cross Director of External Affairs Steve Goody.

Johnston was a lecturer in equine medicine at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), in London, England, for many years. Living in the Scottish Highlands and commuting to the RVC, he provided much needed expert help to local people and veterinarians. Since retiring, he has continued to share his knowledge and guidance by working in the community mentoring younger veterinarians and dealing with difficult cases. Johnston is a widely published author and a renowned authority in public health.

Goody said, “Mac Johnston has shown unparalleled commitment to the support and advancement of horse veterinary education and welfare, both at local and national levels. His tireless endeavour makes him a very worthy recipient of this award. I have great pleasure in presenting it and offer many congratulations.”