This year’s prestigious British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Awards were awarded at the BEVA Congress on Sept. 13, in Birmingham, England. Established by BEVA, in conjunction with sponsors in some categories, these diverse awards reflect BEVA’s recognition of and support for members’ outstanding veterinary achievements. This year they were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Keith Meldrum, CB, BVM&S, MRCVS, DVSM, Hon. FRSPH, was presented with the BEVA Equine Welfare Award, sponsored by Blue Cross, in recognition of his tireless work to improve animal welfare through the development and enactment of regulation.

Meldrum is widely known and respected throughout the equine charity sector and in government circles for his encyclopaedic knowledge of animal health and welfare legislation and no committee on these subjects is complete without the benefit of his experience and probing questions.

Previously the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, over the past decade Meldrum has been veterinary consultant for organizations, such as World Horse Welfare, and has been involved in issues ranging from transportation regulation to through contraception for semi-feral ponies, and disease control.

Clare Scantlebury, PhD, researcher at the University of Liverpool, received the important BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award in recognition of her research on recurrent colic. Her paper, "Recurrent colic in the horse: Incidence and risk factors for recurrence in the general practice population," was produced in conjun