Philip Hammond named young vet of the year

Poultry vet Philip Hammond of Crowshall Veterinary Services in Norfolk has been named as this year’s WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Association) Young Veterinarian of the Year.

Mr Hammond, who qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003, was selected from entrants from around the world by a panel of global experts, and his award was presented at the WVPA’s 18th congress in Nantes, France, on 22 August.

According to Mr Hammond, the key to being a good poultry vet is communication: “I think you need to listen to what your clients needs are and ensure that you do everything possible to meet that need.”

For the second year running, the award has been supported by Zoetis Global Poultry, and includes funding for the winner to attend poultry meetings of his choice anywhere in the world.

“Philip is a great a communicator and a fantastic ambassador for the profession,” said Dr Trevor Bagust, president of the WVPA. “I am really happy that we can acknowledge and support his passion for poultry health, and help him to further his experience at a global level.”

It was a double celebration, as at the same congress, the UK also won the bid to host the prestigious 20th WVPA congress in Edinburgh in 2017.

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