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Local man is named Britian's top vet

Brian Faulkner Is Voted ‘Top Dog’ At ‘Vet Oscars’

Local vet, Brian Faulkner, from the Melton Veterinary Surgery in Woodbridge, has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Vet of the Year 2008’ at the Petplan Veterinary Awards - the equivalent of the Oscars for the Veterinary profession.

Brian, often known as ‘Uncle Brian’ by his younger clients, impressed judges with his commitment, enthusiasm and compassion for both the animals he deals with and their owners. Furthermore judges heralded him an “outstanding ambassador” for the vet profession.

The Petplan Veterinary Awards, now in their 9th year, recognise and applaud staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation’s pets. Over 1,500 Brits voted for the awards, demonstrating the importance Britain places not only on their animals, but also the dedicated veterinary professionals that care for them.

The independent panel of judges responsible for short listing Brian described what made him stand apart from the rest: “We were bowled over by Brian’s dedication to animal welfare. Throughout the gruelling judging process, we were presented with numerous examples of how Brian has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the animals in his care receive the very best treatment. His has left weddings, hockey matches and football games to perform emergency surgery and has even operated on gastric torsions whilst still wearing his kilt! He receives literally hundreds of cards and letters expressing appreciation for his efforts, care and dedication and is a popular member of the local community. His ability to win someone over at ‘hello’ and then keep them happy, is without doubt the key to his success.”

Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s Head of Marketing, explains: “The Petplan Veterinary Awards are about thanking the Veterinary profession for the outstanding level of care they provide to our animals. Brian Faulkner, like many vets, provides an exceptional service to clients and their pets and we are delighted to name him ‘Vet of the Year 2008’.”

Brian Faulkner vet of the Year

The other winners of the Petplan Veterinary Awards are:

Vet Nurse of the Year

Louisa Baker,
of the Priors Leaze Veterinary Centre, Chichester

Louisa Baker Vet Nurse of the year

The judges believe that Louisa is an excellent role model for those interested in veterinary nursing. She spends quality time supporting and training those around her and has the unusual ability to win people over instantaneously with her kind and gentle manner.

Vet Receptionist of the Year

Margaret Gait,
of Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates, Lydd

Margaret Gait vet receptionist of the year

Margaret has worked at Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates for 15 years, and is now a popular, much loved member of the local community. She is a hard working, conscientious team player, who isn’t afraid to get her hands.

Vet Practice of the Year

Orwell Veterinary Group,

Orwell Vet Practice of the Year

Orwell Veterinary Group was described as having a number of ‘remarkable’ qualities by the panel of judges. The high level of customer care, staff’s dedication to continued professional development and the emphasis on developing strong client relationships were all described as exceptional.

Special Recognition Award

In addition to these awards, a Special Recognition Award, voted for by the general public, was also presented to celebrity vet Matt Brash for his work promoting the importance of animal welfare to the general public.