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WVPA Announces Young Poultry Veterinarian of 2013

27 August 2013

FRANCE - Philip Hammond, from Norfolk in the UK, has been named as this year’s winner of the WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Association) Young Veterinarian of the Year.

Mr Hammond is a partner in Crowshall Veterinary Services, which is responsible for a significant proportion of the UK poultry industry, including one integrator producing 750,000 broilers each week. He was selected from nominations and applications from around the world by a panel of global experts, and his award was presented at the XVIII Congress of the WVPA, Nantes, last week.

Phil Hammond,
WVPA Young Poultry Veterinarian of 2013

“It’s a great honour to receive the award, and to have that recognition from my colleagues and peers,” said Mr Hammond. “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.”

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

Part of that need is fulfilled by an online database which Mr Hammond has helped to develop for Crowshall Veterinary Services. It allows clients to access a wide range of information about their flocks, including up-to-date diagnostic data.

Crowshall has a very well-developed laboratory service which is ISO17025 accredited for salmonella and mycoplasma serology, and which provides a range of diagnostic and surveillance services.

“I think one of the things that has changed in recent years is the need to provide information to clients more quickly. Our dedicated laboratory team means that we can meet that demand and provide our clients with exactly the services they need.

“It is important that our poultry customers have rapid diagnoses so that they can react quickly to any disease problems they may have or any political issues that may be arising within the company, in response to retailer requirements for example,” he added.

For the second year running, the award has been supported by Zoetis, and Mr Hammond will receive a grant to attend poultry meetings of his choice anywhere in the world. He has already set his sights on attending the AAAP in the USA next year.

“We are very happy to support young poultry veterinarians,” said Hector Badillo, Group Director Global Marketing for Zoetis Global Poultry. “The future of this industry depends on the enthusiasm and dedication of young veterinarians like Philip Hammond, and we have to encourage and reward that commitment.”

Mr Hammond qualified in 2003 from the Royal Veterinary College (London) and has recently completed a master’s degree 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.”

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