Spilsby woman in national veterinary award

Carwyn Ellis, Head of the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department at Harper Adams University, presents the award to winner Alison Holloway.

Carwyn Ellis, Head of the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department at Harper Adams University, presents the award to winner Alison Holloway.

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A Spilsby woman who works at a local vets has won a nationwide animal health industry award.

XAlison Holloway, who works at Fenwold Veterinary Practice, won the Harper Adams Mastermind Award at the 2013 Over the Counter Awards at the London Marriott County Hall on Wednesday.

Compere Sean Sparling and Over the Counter editor Catherine Paice were joined by TV vet and guest speaker Zara Bowland and 100 industry guests.

The awards, now in their ninth year, showcases a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) or store manager in companies from the animal health sector who go that extra mile for their customers and act as ambassadors for the industry.

A Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) is the legal term for animal medicine advisors who form a category of professionally qualified people who are entitled to prescribe and/or supply certain veterinary medicines in the UK under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.

The award is a Mastermind-style competition that seeks to find an individual who is on another level in terms of their depth of knowledge on disease management, animal health, and the farming and food industry.

Alison, from Spilsby, said: “I‘m very excited. It’s quite humbling as I know the standard across the country is tremendously high.

“There are an awful lot of people out there doing a great job so I am pleased to have got recognition with this award for doing what I do.”

Carwyn Ellis, Head of the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Department at Harper Adams, who presented the award to Alison, said: “Harper Adams are pleased to sponsor this important award.

“We are impressed again this year with the quality of the applicants. All of the applicants are worthy of recognition and reflected well the knowledge base of SQPs.”