The awards, now in their fifth year, serve to raise the profile of animal welfare around the world and within the veterinary industry. Nominations were submitted by friends, family, clients and colleagues from all backgrounds, but all with the common theme of acknowledging those who have gone beyond the call of duty to help better the lives of animals.
Ruth was nominated for her driving passion for farm animal welfare but particularly with lameness in sheep which costs the industry an estimated £25m.
On receiving her award Ruth said, “It’s a big honour, especially listening to some of the other nominees and the work that has been achieved.
“It’s really great to get some recognition, particularly in the farm animal sector and the food production sector where a lot of our work is to do with managing disease, health and welfare.
“We’ve got significant challenges going forward feeding our growing population and doing that humanely, making sure that the welfare of the animals sits alongside other ethical issues such as the environment and also the economics of farmers being able to make a living.”
R.A.B.I is proud to be associated with the Farm Animal Welfare award. Suzy Deeley, R.A.B.I’s Corporate Development Manager, who attended the event and presented the award to Ruth, said, “Many congratulations to Ruth on her well-deserved award. It’s a great honour for R.A.B.I to be involved in these awards as a farming charity. It highlights our work with the farming community as well as bringing to the forefront what Ceva are trying to do in terms of animal welfare.”