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Abraham voted top celebrity vet in Petplan awards

FORGET the Oscars, forget the BAFTAS… the last big bash of the award season closed on a high last week as up and coming celebrity vet Marc Abraham – a regular on The Paul O’Grady Show – won the Petplan Special Recognition Award at the 8th Petplan Veterinary Awards. Marc beat other celebrity vets such as veteran Bruce Fogle and bubbly Scandinavian Trude Mostue for the title of Britain’s favourite celebrity vet.

The great British public voted in their thousands and overwhelmingly decided that Marc was the most deserving of this ‘Oscar’. Marc’s volunteering and charity work balances his more high profile television career, which has catapulted him globally, as he is due to guest star on a Hollywood TV show in May.

Petplan is the world’s leading provider of pet health insurance and hosts the annual Veterinary Awards each April.

This year the awards included a new category designed to recognise the invaluable work of popular celebrity vets who highlight and champion animal health and welfare issues in the media with regular TV appearances, documentaries and charity work. The Special Recognition Award was the only award that invited animal lovers to vote for the vet they felt was the most deserving and had gone that extra mile.

Alongside the Paul O’Grady Show, Marc also appears on dog trainer Victoria Stilwell’s hit TV show ‘It’s Me Or The Dog’ offering veterinary advice. He is based in Brighton, Sussex, and runs the Priory Emergency Treatment Service (PETS), an out-of-hours emergency service which provides exclusive cover for ten local practices.

Marc is currently preparing a documentary about British Donkey charity, Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, and frequently gives talks at local schools and care homes about how to respect and preserve our environment.

Marc was presented his award by fellow TV vet Scott Miller at the award ceremony in Birmingham.
An over the moon Marc had this to say:

"Television is such a powerful medium. As TV vets we are lucky to be in a position where we can change people’s attitudes towards animals, encouraging responsible pet-ownership and improving the lives of our four-legged friends. I’m just glad to be playing a small part in all this.”

Other winners at the awards included:

Vet Practice of the Year – Feldon Veterinary Centre, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
Vet of the Year –
Eric McCarrison, Carrick Vet Group, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Vet Nurse of the Year
– Barbie Matthews, Chess Veterinary Clinic, Rickmansworth, Herts.
Vet Receptionist of the Year – Doreen Ward, Wheelhouse Veterinary Centre, Chesham, Bucks.

Vet Nurse winner, Barbie Mathes (centre) with compere Frankie Boyle and presenter Julia Davenport, President of the BVNA.

Vet Receptionist winner, Doreen Ward (centre) with Frankie Boyle and Senior Vice-President of the VPMA, Rita Dingwall.

Petplan Vet of the Year, Eric McCarrison (centre) with compere Frankie Boyle and presenter, BVA President David Catlow.

Petplan Special Recognition Award winner, Marc Abraham (with trophy), with celebrity vet Dr Scott Miller (left), Jo Malin, ITV Central News presenter and Frankie Boyle.

Petplan Veterinary Practice of the Year, Feldon Veterinary Centre, Leamington Spa, with Sheila Crispin, RCVS President (third from left).