Fiona Gammell from Wicklow Animal Welfare based in Ballyknockan, Rathdrum has won the Charitable Contribution of the Year Award at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.
Fiona has worked 24/7 to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of dogs a year for the last 40 years. She also takes on horses and cats. She has built up an incredible relationship with the traveller community and because of her many, many traveller dogs have better living conditions. She has worked tirelessly to convince travellers to neuter their animals and she provides the community with vaccinations, worming and flea treatments and mange treatment. Every dog she rescues is given an opportunity to recover and find a great home and any animals that are not able to be rehomed she takes into her own house. Every penny raised for the rescue goes back into the animals, including much of her own money. She single-handedly rescues over 300 dogs a year and neuters many more.
The awards were hosted by TV presenter and animal lover, Matt Baker, and renowned retired veterinary surgeon, Chris Laurence MBE FRCVS, who puts his name to the Vet of the Year Award. They recognise the achievements of remarkable people from the farming, veterinary and charity industries, who go beyond the call of duty to better the lives of animals around the world. The awards’ ceremony on 3 April in the run up to BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) Congress saw praise bestowed on all the shortlisted nominees and winners were announced across eight categories.
Speaking at the ceremony, Fiona Gammell, said: “I am honoured and delighted to have won the Charitable Contribution of the Year Award at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards in recognition of the work that I do in Wicklow both rescuing and rehabilitating animals.”
Winners of the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2019 by category, are:
Chris Laurence Vet of the Year Award in association with Vet Record
Hannah Capon, Canine Arthritis Management
Vet Nurse of the Year Award in association with Agria Pet Insurance
Rachel Wright, TOLFA
Charity Team of the Year Award in association with PDSA
Ebony Horse Club, Brixton
Charitable Contribution of the Year Award in association with Blue Cross
Fiona Gammell, Wicklow Animal Welfare
Farmer of the Year Award in association with R.A.B.I.
David Finlay, Rainton Farm, Castle Douglas
Farm Educator of the Year in association with NADIS
James Griffiths from Taynton Court Farm, Gloucester
International Cat Care Welfare of the Year Award
Ian MacFarlaine, chief inspector of SPCA in Bermuda
One individual was given special recognition during the evening. The Outstanding Contribution to Animal Welfare Award in association with Your Dog and Your Cat was presented to Professor Jacky Reid, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and CEO of the innovative research company, NewMetrica. Jacky and her multi-disciplinary team of renowned academics from the University of Glasgow have dedicated over 20 years to researching pain and quality of life measurement in pets. Her work into these vital areas at the University of Glasgow and, since retiring from the University, as part of NewMetrica is truly innovative and widely respected and she works tirelessly to broaden its reach for the benefit of the welfare of animals.
“It is the second consecutive year that I have presented the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards and once again I am touched and humbled by the individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to enhance and promote animal welfare both in the UK and abroad to make a real difference to the lives of animals,” commented, co-host of the awards, Matt Baker.
For further information on the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards visit www.cevawelfareawards.com.