Welsh woman Hanah Hunt has been named the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA‘s) 2022 Young Vet of the Year.

Hunt, from Aberystwyth, was presented with the award at BVA’s gala dinner at the London Marriot Hotel in Canary Wharf as part of this year’s London Vet Show yesterday (Thursday, November 17).

The award is supported by Zoetis and celebrates the work, commitment and innovation of vets in the early stages of their career.

The young, mixed-practice vet was awarded the prestigious prize in recognition of her passion and dedication to her work across multiple species including farm animals, equine and companion animal practice, BVA said.

L-R: BVA president Malcolm Morley, Hannah Hunt and Sarah Hemming

She was selected from a field of more than 100 entrants by the award judges: BVA president Malcolm Morley; president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Melissa Donald; The Lord Trees; and Zoetis national veterinary manager Jonny Lambert.

On becoming the BVA Young Vet of the Year 2022, Hannah said: “This is fantastic. I’m so pleased to accept this award.

“I want to say a huge thanks to my practice for giving me the freedom to explore my passions and enabling me to work with a wide of range of species.”

BVA president, Malcolm Morley, said: “Hannah’s incredible enthusiasm and passion for her work as a mixed-practice vet really made her stand-out.

“She is excelling in her work across species, which is challenging enough, but she’s also doing it at a high level. It is great to recognise the contribution that Hannah and other first-opinion vets make to our profession.

“I don’t mind saying, if I had all of the jobs she does in one week, I would think I had a pretty intense week ahead of me.

“Hannah is constantly striving to learn new skills and to progress in her career and is even learning to speak Welsh to strengthen relationships with her Welsh-speaking clients in her bi-lingual practice,” he added.

“A huge congratulations to Hannah, we know she has a bright future ahead of her,” he concluded.