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WORLDWIDE VETS GOLDEN STAR AWARD: The 3 FINALISTS


Here they are, the final three!


The winner of the WORLDWIDE VETS GOLDEN STAR AWARD will be announced on Wednesday the 25th of January, but in the mean time, scroll down to cast your vote.





Thank you everyone who got behind the best animal-loving, community uniting, feel-good award of the year. The top 3 candidates are:


Akosua Kumi Nyarko : winner of the public vote


Louise Hastings: ethics committee selection


Jo Welsby: ethics committee selection



Who should be the final winner?

  • Akosua Kumi Nyarko

  • Louise Hastings

  • Jo Welsby



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.


Louise Hastings is a graduating veterinarian based in Bulgaria and has coordinated hundreds of dog and cat rescues as well as stray animal sterilisations and treatments for animals in need. Her peers describe her as driven, compassionate and a pleasure to work alongside.


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.