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The WORLDWIDE VETS GOLDEN STAR AWARD is an award for individuals who have made a great contribution to animal welfare or conservation. 

1. Nominations can be made from the 30th of  September to 15th of November by filling in the form below.

2. Voting will commence from 1st -30th of November.  You will be able to cast your vote on this page or by liking their nomination on our Facebook or Instagram pages. The public vote will put one person to the final.

3. The other 2 finalists will be selected by our ethics committee.

4. The final winner will be announced on the 1st December 2023.

Nominations for 2023 are now closed. It is time to vote.

Below is all you need to know about this year's event!


Cast Your Vote for our 2023 Nominees

For The Winner

The winner receives £250, plus £500 to a charity of their choice.

Each nominee through to the finals will receive a certificate of appreciation for their amazing work

If you hover over each image a short description of their work will appear. To read about the work they have been nominated for in detail check out the description on each image in this album:

A Glance To The Past

Your 2022 winner was Louise Hastings who is working in Bulgaria. Louise stood out to our ethics team as an exemplary individual who puts animal welfare at the core of everything she does, as she strives to develop sustainable and reliable projects to help animals in need. Louise is a graduating veterinarian and has coordinated hundreds of dog and cat rescues as well as stray animal sterilisations and treatments. Her colleagues describe her as driven, compassionate and a pleasure to work alongside.​

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The two runners up in 2022 were: 

  • Akosua Kumi Nyarko is a final year vet student in Ghana. Between her studies she champions animal welfare and veterinary outreach work, last year leading World Rabies Day vaccine drives and conceiving “The Animal Aider Project (TAAP)”. She is described as hard working, committed and kind to her peers and all animals.

  • Jo Welsby was a veterinary nurse for 20 years and is based in the UK. She has a been focused on animal welfare and fundraises independently for both UK animal welfare charities and also overseas Animal welfare charities. Currently working for Cats protection, she fundraises for 5 different Cyprus charities in addition to many in the UK and spends her free time volunteering to help animals.


Both ladies showed an amazing passion for animal care and supporting their colleagues and communities, having committed their lives to animals. They have gone above and beyond for animals in need. Thank you to everyone who nominated this year, and a huge congratulations to every single nominee. This is a heart warming and very inspiring award to host and we hope you too are inspired by the amazing people in this world working towards improving animal medicine, welfare and conservation in so many different ways. Each nominee brings their own energy, experience and skills to the table to make a positive impact to the world around them.

Your 2022 Nominees

Discover more about each person by heading to our Facebook album

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