Careers, Veterinary

Does your vet deserve an award?

Keith Chandler

Has your vet gone that “extra mile” for your horse?

Would you be lost without your vet’s support? If so, there’s still time to nominate them for a Petplan Veterinary award.

Petplan’s Head of Marketing, Isabella von Mesterhazy, comments, “At Petplan we work very closely with the equine veterinary profession, and know first-hand, as well as from our customers how important veterinary advice and dedication is. So if you are lucky enough to have a vet who is willing to ‘go that extra mile’ this is your chance to show them how much their support and commitment is appreciated.”

You can nominate your vet, vet nurse, practice manager or indeed the whole practice team for an award by simply visiting Petplan’s website (link below) and saying why they deserve to win.

In 2012 Keith Chandler of Kessock Equine vets in Inverness was crowned Petplan Equine Vet of the Year. Petplan received a wealth of heart-warming nominations for Keith and the other vets across the country.

Here are a just a few of the comments made in the nominations that show how far some vets will go to help the horses in their care.

“On Christmas Day with his foot in plaster my vet came out and visited my gelding – an 80 mile round trip, in temperatures of minus 19 with snow on the ground.”

“He rang me while shopping in Sainsbury’s the other day, how many vets would do that on their day off?”

“He had just started to travel to a fishing trip but gladly turned his car around and was with us within 15 minutes of the call being made. Any later than this and the outcome may have been so, so different!”

“I came home to find an envelope posted by my vet containing an article she had seen discussing allergies, giving suggestions on how to deal with an ‘allergic pony’ like mine!”

“Last year (2011) she spent midnight on Christmas Day on a South Wales mountain treating ponies with colic, New Year’s Day operating on a lame horse, her 40th birthday in April running the London marathon for charity and Easter on call.”


Do these stories remind you of your vet? Or do you feel they deserve an award for a different reason? If so, nominate today at

Nominations are anonymous and all nominees receive a certificate to display in practice. Nominate before 31st January 2014 to make sure your vet is recognised for their commitment.

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