We know that the past few months have been challenging for the veterinary community, which is why BVA and Zoetis believe it’s more important than ever to recognise and champion the work of young vets. Join us at 7:15 PM (GMT), Friday 13th November for the official presentation of the BVA Young Vet of the Year award ceremony. For the first time, the award ceremony will be open to the entire veterinary profession and hosted online.

Fri, Nov 13, 2020 · 7:15 PM London (GMT 0:00)
  • Introduction with James Russell - BVA President
  • Meet the outstanding finalists: Ben Howitt, Nat Scroggie, and Fabian Rivers
  • Q&A with Finalists
  • Award Ceremony
James Russell
BVA President
James is a 2002 Royal Veterinary College graduate and a post-graduate diploma holder in production animal and livestock medicine. He has over 17 years’ experience working in mixed practice. In September 2018, he stepped down as director of a large veterinary practice in Ashbourne to become an independent veterinary consultant. James has been associated with BVA since 2008 when he joined the Veterinary Policy Group. He went on to become the inaugural East Midlands representative on BVA Council from 2010-2012 and has been Chair of the CPD committee since 2016.
Jamie Brannan
Senior Vice President and Cluster Lead UK, Ireland and Nordics, Zoetis
Dr Wendy Talbot
National Equine Veterinary Manager, Zoetis
Ben Howitt
BVA Young Vet Of The Year Finalist
After being brought up in Singapore, Ben returned to the UK to study at the University of Bristol. Upon his graduation, Ben worked for 2 years in a mixed private practice and with the GSPCA on the island of Guernsey, before moving out to the Galapagos Islands to manage a charitable veterinary clinic. Upon his return to the UK, he set up his own foundation ‘Pan Animalia’ to return to the islands to open up a new veterinary clinic that focuses on community engagement, conservation, and veterinary student training. Ben has since joined the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) to continue that mission and help develop projects that support communities and animals in some of the world’s most remote locations.
Nat Scroggie
BVA Young Vet Of The Year Finalist
Nat graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2016 and has already led a varied career, combining small animal clinical work with a passion for supporting the wellbeing of her colleagues. She has always sought to share honestly the highs and lows of life in practice, in the hope that we can start to break the silence on difficult subjects, from mental health to baby loss. Nat is a co-director of WellVet, a not-for-profit wellbeing initiative, and her blog This Vet Runs has inspired veterinary professionals across the country to get more active. Nat founded the Vet MINDS group in 2018 to support fellow veterinary professionals facing baby loss and infertility. She is a talented writer, writing regularly for veterinary publications such as Vet Times about her experiences as a young vet in practice.
Fabian Rivers
BVA Young Vet Of The Year Finalist
Fabian is an exotics/wildlife/companion animal vet from Birmingham. He is often known as ‘DreadyVet’ having started a blog back in 2013 and since graduating in 2018 has authored many articles, appeared on panels and been active discussing topics on feminism, racism, diversity and inclusion as well business and mental health. The latest vet on Pets Factor, he is a keen advocate for exotic animal education and has begun his GPCert in Exotic Animal Practice in hope to help improve animal standards for a variety of species. He is also an ardent read of psychology, philosophy and progressive politics.