A volunteer has been recognised for her “selfless and unflinching” support of horses and people in Ukraine.

Charlotte “Charlie” Thornycroft (pictured top) received the BEVA Equine Welfare Award for her work since the start of the conflict. She implemented the UK’s equestrian support initiatives, on the ground in Poland for three months and more recently from the UK.

“She has been selfless and unflinching in her support for the horses, and people, of Ukraine, working in exceptionally challenging circumstances,” said a BEVA spokesman. “The level of support provided by the UK in partnership with the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation would not have been possible without Charlie’s voluntary work.

“Charlie worked long hours, frequently going multiple nights without sleep. She endured trying and distressing conditions and never uttered a word of complaint. She was resourceful, patient, and compassionate throughout and never lost sight of her primary goal of alleviating the suffering of horses in Ukraine.”

Brilliance in the equestrian world

Charlie received her award at a ceremony this year’s BEVA Congress (7-10 September). The annual awards recognise a diversity of professionals for brilliance within the equine veterinary sector.

Among the other winners was Emily Floyd (pictured above) who received the BEVA Richard Hartley Clinical Award for the paper ‘Systemic antimicrobial therapy in foals’ by herself, Charlotte A. Easton-Jones and Mathijs J.P. Theelen.

The award is given in memory of Richard Hartley, a founder member of BEVA and President from 1974-1975. It is awarded to the first author of the “best paper” published in Equine Veterinary Journal or Equine Veterinary Education with direct clinical application.

The Peter Rossdale Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) Open Award was presented to Rebecca Bishop (pictured above) for the paper ‘Effect of omeprazole and sucralfate on gastrointestinal injury in a fasting/NSAID model’ by herself, Ann M. Kemper, Pamela A. Wilkins and Annette McCoy.

This award  is given for the paper that best achieves EVJ’s mission to publish articles which “influence and improve clinical practice and/or add significantly to the scientific knowledge that underpins and supports veterinary medicine” in relation to the horse.

Frédérique A. Schless DVM (pictured above) was awarded the for her abstract ‘Development of a new survival prognosticator model for hospitalized neonatal foals in a European Warmblood Population’. Frédérique’s presentation won the award at the Voorjaarsdagen Congress in April 2022; she will present it again during the Clinical Research Sessions at BEVA Congress 2022.

The new Peter Rossdale EVE Literary Award was presented by Professor Sidney Ricketts to Nazaré Storms (pictured above), lead author for the paper ‘Strangulating lesions of the small intestine associated with the greater omentum in horses: 32 cases’.

The award was introduced in 2022 in memory of Peter Rossdale and is presented to the best clinical research paper published in Equine Veterinary Education (EVE).

The awards ceremony took place on 8 September and was sponsored by the Blue Cross.

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