December 10 2013 Latest news:
Michael Pollitt, Agricultural editor
Saturday, August 24, 2013
A specialist Norfolk poultry veterinary surgeon has won an international award.
Philip Hammond became only the second winner of the World Veterinary Poultry Association’s young veterinarian of the year award.
He was selected from nominations around the world by a panel of global experts, and his award was presented at the 18th Congress of the World Veterinary Poultry Association, Nantes in north-west France.
It was a double celebration because Mr Hammond successfully presented Britain’s bid to host the prestigious 20th Congress of World Veterinary Poultry Association in Edinburgh in 2017.
Mr Hammond, aged 34, is a partner in Crowshall Veterinary Services, which is a specialist poultry veterinary practice at Attleborough. “It’s a great honour to receive the award, and to have that recognition from my colleagues and peers,” he said.
“Poultry has been a passion of mine since I was eight years old and I look forward to continuing to support the industry in the future,” he added.
Born and bred in Fakenham, he grew up keeping chickens as a boy. Mr Hammond said that the key to being a good poultry vet was good communication. “I think you need to listen to what your client’s needs are 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 Mr Hammond will receive a bursary to attend poultry meetings of his choice anywhere in the world. He has already set his sights on attending an international congress in the United States next year.
He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 2003 and recently completed a masters in avian health. He gained experience of poultry management in a number of countries, but is most at home in his native Norfolk.
“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.”
Senior partner Stephen Lister said that the practice was started about 15 years ago and Mr Hammond joined as a partner a few years ago. “He’s a real enthusiast. It is good for him to be recognised by his peers,” said Mr Lister.
“He has been wandering around France wearing a kilt, which has caused much amusement – to promote the UK’s bid for the Edinburgh Congress in 2017, which could bring up to 1,000 vets from around the world,” he added.
The practice offers a specialist practice with chickens, turkeys and some ducks and geese and free-range layers. “We cover Norfolk and Suffolk, down to Kent and up into Lincolnshire,” said Mr Lister.
“This is only the second time that this award has been made and it is open to applicants from the poultry industry across the word. We are justifiably proud of his achievement,” he added.
n It follows success early this year at the UK Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards when a colleague won the poultry veterinary professional award. Ian Lowery, who is an associate veterinary surgeon at Crowshall, was recognised as an “enthusiastic clear thinking poultry veterinarian with exceptional skills in problem solving, offering practical, focused and cost effective advice on poultry disease.”
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