Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2019

If you need further information about the Awards, please contact lindsay.cox@ceva.com or lucy.patton@ceva.com Write to: Ceva Animal Health Ltd, Unit 3, Anglo Office Park, White Lion Road, Amersham, Bucks HP7 9FB Tel: 01494 781510

Our Welfare Commitment

Animal Welfare The question of animal welfare is a delicate issue, as it generates a great deal of emotion, which sometimes gives rise to simplistic positions and tends to set different types of agriculture against each other. To feed human beings, in quantity and quality, to maintain the equilibrium of the soil and conserve biodiversity, we need to be able to draw upon all the different forms of livestock farming: both large and smaller scale. Despite all their diversity, animal welfare needs to be pivotal to them all. Respect for animals is an essential pre-requisite of human-animal relationships. In this context, veterinarians have a crucial role to play. Animal well-being begins with the preservation of animal health, for, like human beings, they are also subject to diseases and the suffering caused by them. For all these reasons and to mark the 250th anniversary of the ENVA (National Veterinary School of Alfort), Ceva co-organized a seminar entitled ‘Animal welfare and society’ 1. It brought together actors from many different backgrounds involved in these issues: producers, veterinarians, social scientists and two former ministers. We are pleased to thank all the participants for the quality of the discussions that were held. The contributions below provide a summary of the ideas put forward at the seminar. They allow us to look at this issue in a new light, without caricature, and to undertake everyday actions to place animal welfare at the heart of our activities. For further information on Ceva's commitment to Animal Welfare, please visit https://spark.adobe.com/page/UhtiwbLVVFWoC/
Ceva and WVA launch the 2019 Global Animal Health Awards Ceva and the World Veterinary Association (WVA) are continuing their commitment to promote ever better international standards of animal welfare by organising the third Global Animal Welfare Awards in 2019 recognising and rewarding veterinarians for their outstanding efforts to protect and improve the welfare of animals. Veterinarians are not only essential for the treatment and prevention of animal diseases, but play a crucial role in protecting and improving the welfare of animals. The veterinary community helps to research, advocate and educate politicians, public health authorities, the media and general public in implementing the highest animal welfare standards. The aim of the WVA Animal Welfare Awards is to recognise and reward veterinarians who in their daily lives contribute to the protection and welfare of animals and have provided outstanding and exemplary welfare-related services to animals, animal owners, fellow veterinarians and the public. Following the successful deliverance of the WVA Animal Welfare Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ceva and WVA in collaboration with the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) have this year agreed to expand the scope of the awards by adding a new category recognising a veterinary student for his/her involvement and engagement in animal welfare. The WVA Animal Welfare Award 2019 will be presented to six selected veterinarians from the WVA six geographical regions and to one veterinary student from around the world. The Award Ceremony will take place during the 35th World Veterinary Association Congress on 28th April 2019 in San Jose, Costa Rica where the selected winners will be invited to receive the WVA Animal Welfare Award and a monetary prize of 5.000 Euros. In addition, Ceva and WVA are actively studying a plan to expand the Awards categories to include veterinary schools in future editions, rewarding them for Animal Welfare Excellence in Veterinary Education.
TOLFA Charities the world over face a constant struggle to raise the funds they need to enable them to fulfil their charitable purposes. It’s no different for TOLFA, an animal welfare charity, registered in the UK and India with its operational base in Rajasthan, Northern India. But thanks in part to carefully targeted and ongoing support from Ceva, TOLFA’s fund raising operations and other vital back-office functions have gone from strength to strength. This means that more animals in need are being treated and more people are being educated about kind and safe interaction with animals. TOLFA, short for Tree of Life for Animals, has a big vision: ‘to bring healing, compassion and hope to India’s sick and injured animals, and empowerment to the communities of which they are a part.’ It brings its vision to life by running a busy animal hospital and rescue centre for owner-less animals that reside on India’s streets; through a rabies eradication programme based on neutering and vaccination of owner-less dogs; by helping local villagers care for their animals; by operating a vet clinic for pet owners; and by teaching children how to become kind and compassionate members of society and take care of not only the animals in their locality but to be considerate to the environment and other human beings as well. TOLFA’s achievements during 2017 were impressive: 5,967 animals admitted to its rescue centre and hospital, 22,497 animals treated through its rural outreach programme and 5,358 pets treated at its veterinary clinic. In addition, 1,329 school pupils were taught its animal welfare and rabies awareness syllabus. Ceva’s relationship with TOLFA dates back to 2012 when Rachel Wright, TOLFA’s founder, was recognised as the Welfare Nurse of the Year in the inaugural Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare. Since then the company has provided financial, practical and moral support to the charity. During 2017, the focus has been on helping TOLFA be more effective in its fund raising so that it can concentrate on helping more animals and engaging with more communities. Ceva’s support during the year included contributing towards the salary of Clara Nowak, TOLFA’s executive director in the UK, providing access to a specialist donor management software package and directly sponsoring printing of fundraising calendars and greeting cards.
Rachel Wright, TOLFA