LEADING vet Marc Abraham has won a coveted Vet of the Year accolade.
The Susssex-based vet scooped the title - the highest award for animal welfare - at a ceremony in Birmingham.
The CEVA’s prestigious ‘Chris Laurence Vet of the Year’ award recognises Marc Abraham for working both as a full time vet, as well as educating pet owners and consistently demonstrating his commitment to the continued improvement of animal welfare.
Known as ‘Marc the Vet,’ Marc has had a busy year treating pets in Sussex, but also found time to neuter dogs and rescue a baby bear in Ukraine, operate on a poorly moonbear in China, as well as collecting well-over 100,000 signatures on his government e-petition to end puppy farming – meaning a debate will be held in the Chamber of the House of Commons in June.
Marc’s campaign to fight puppy farming - called ‘PupAid’ – started five years ago after treating irresponsibly bred puppies dying of parvovirus, includes an annual event in Primrose Hill supported by celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Brian May, and Elle MacPherson.
The UK’s cruel puppy farming industry is responsible for mass producing sick puppies in horrific conditions and sold to unsuspecting members of public from pet shops, dealers, websites, garden centres, and motorway service stations.
On receiving his ‘Vet of the Year’ award Marc, who also regularly gives pet advice on Daybreak, ITV This Morning, and BBC Breakfast, tweeted: “Just won ‘Vet of the Year Award’. Thanks to everyone for supporting PupAid – this one’s for all of you.”
Head judge Chris Laurence said “It’s Marc’s tireless campaigning about puppy farming that caught the eyes and hearts of the judging panel. He recently gathered more than the 100,000 names required totrigger a parliamentary debate about puppy farming in a record breaking six months.”
CEVA managing director, Alan Doyle commented: “The judging panel were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries we received this year. It is truly wonderful to read so many stories about honourable people dedicating their time to improve the welfare of animals both in the UK and internationally.”
The coveted CEVA Animal Welfare Awards, now in their third year, recognise volunteers, charity workers and veterinary professionals who’ve gone the extra mile to improve animal welfare around the world.
After receiving hundreds of entries, category winners were decided by an esteemed panel of industry professionals.