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Animal welfare campaigner honoured by BSAVA

GLOBAL ANIMAL campaigner, former President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and board member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, (WSPA), Ray Butcher has been awarded the JA Wight Memorial Award for dedication to animal welfare.


Ray Butcher MA VetMB MRCVS - winner of the JA Wight award, sponsored by The Blue Cross.

The presentation took place at the BSAVA Congress recently. It recognises Ray’s work to improve standards of veterinary care across the globe. He has helped to develop teaching resources aimed at supporting the introduction of veterinary facilities in the developing world and was a founding member of the Alliance for Rabies Control - a group of experts committed to reducing the human death toll from rabies.

John Rutter, Chief Executive of The Blue Cross, which sponsors the award, said:
‘Ray’s work illustrates how animal welfare and human well being are intrinsically linked. For over 100 years The Blue Cross has worked to highlight the benefits of companionship between pets and their people and we are proud to recognise his valuable contribution to promoting the human-animal bond.’

On receiving the award, Ray said: ‘Receiving this award, dedicated as it is to animal welfare, is especially important for me. However, in accepting it I would like to acknowledge the dedication and compassion of many colleagues throughout the world who work tirelessly in this field with few resources, with little reward and without recognition. They have all been an inspiration to me.’

The award was presented by James Wight in memory of his father Alf Wight - veterinarian and author of the James Herriot novels.
(With thanks to UK Pets)