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Burgess Excel Vet Awards 2022

The Burgess Excel Vet Awards are back for 2022 for their third year. The Vet Awards celebrate the hard work and achievements of veterinary professionals, practices, and students, who work tirelessly to improve rabbit and guinea pig health and welfare.

Nominations open on 08 August 2022. This year we have eight categories open for nominations:

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Rabbit Vet of the Year

vet awards logos rabbit nurse of the year

Rabbit Nurse of the Year

vet awards logos rabbit practice of the year

Rabbit Friendly Veterinary Practice of the Year

vet awards logos raw campaign of the year

RAW campaign of the Year

vet awards logos rabbit support staff of the year

Rabbit Support Staff of the Year

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Rabbit Student of the Year

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Guinea Pig Friendly Practice of the Year

The Burgess Excel Vet Awards Timeline

Nominations open: Monday 8th August
Nominations close: Friday 23rd September
Finalists announced: Monday 24th October
Winners announced: End of November

You can nominate yourself, a colleague or a local practice for a Burgess Excel Vet Award. You also don’t need to be a veterinary professional to nominate – anyone can show their appreciation for the great work the vet community does. We want to hear from you!

Nominations are now open and will run for six weeks. Once nominations have closed on Friday 23rd September our panel of judges will decide their shortlist of finalists for each category. Our winners will be announced at the end of November.

Yes! You can nominate yourself or a colleague or local practice for a Burgess Excel Vet Award. You must be over 16 years old and the person you’re nominating must be UK based.

You must be over 16 years old to nominate someone for a Burgess Excel Vet Award. The person or practice you’re nominating must also be based in the UK. Further criteria are:

  • Rabbit Vet of the Year, open to all practicing UK veterinary surgeons
  • Rabbit Nurse of the Year, open to all practicing veterinary nurses in the UK
  • Rabbit Friendly Veterinary Practice of the Year open to all practices on the RWAF rabbit friendly list
  • RAW Campaign of the Year open to all vet practices or individual staff working within the veterinary industry in the UK
  • Rabbit Support Staff of the Year open to all staff working in UK vet practices
  • Rabbit Student of the Year open to students in the UK who are studying Veterinary, Veterinary Nurse or Animal Care and Nutrition courses
  • Guinea Pig Friendly Veterinary Practice of the Year open to all practices in the UK

Nominations for the Vet Awards close on Friday 23rd September. Our panel of judges will meet to decide their shortlist of finalists for each category. The finalists will be contacted by Friday 21st October. Our eight winners will then be announced on 17th November at the London Vet Show and on the Burgess Excel social media pages.

Each winner will receive a trophy and certificate in acknowledgement of their achievement, as well as £250 cash prize.

Hear from last year’s winners

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Dr Nadene Stapleton – Rabbit Vet of the Year 2021

“I am so excited and delighted to receive this award.  I feel really passionately about advocating for the health and welfare of rabbits and will continue to put in every effort on their behalf. Perhaps now my own rabbits will listen to me!”

Rachel Sibbald – Rabbit Nurse of the Year 2021

“Rabbits have always been a part of my life. I am fascinated by them and want to better understand the species. Becoming a veterinary nurse allowed me to get a deeper understanding of their needs and promote health and happiness to the bunnies at my practice.  I am delighted with this award and truly grateful to anyone who nominated me.  Huge thanks to my veterinary colleagues who have supported, encouraged and allowed me to focus on all things rabbits!”

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grace mee
Grace Mee – Rabbit Student of the Year 2021

“’Rabbits are the third most common pet in the UK but are so often overlooked. Rabbit welfare is gaining a higher profile and being more widely discussed, especially now that the Good Practice Code for the Welfare of Rabbits has been published in the UK. It is events like the Burgess Excel Vet Awards that will help to raise awareness of rabbits’ needs. I am honoured to receive this award and look forward to continuing to support and contribute to this cause in any way I can now and as a future vet.”