Nominations for the Ruminant Well-being Awards, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Nominations for the Ruminant Well-being Awards, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Following the postponement of the World Buiatrics Congress 2021 in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ruminant Well-Being Awards have also been postponed. The new application deadline is now March 2021.


The Ruminant Well-being Awards will be granted at the next World Buiatrics Congress to be held in Madrid, Spain (26 - 30 Sept 2021).

Two different awards will be offered:
     •  a Ruminant Well-being Research Award
     •  a Ruminant Well-being Achievement Award

With these awards, the World Association for Buiatrics (WAB) and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health aim to raise public awareness of the important role veterinarians play in overseeing and improving ruminant well-being.

Each Award will be comprised of a €10,000 cash award, plus reimbursement of travel expenses of the recipient to the World Buiatrics Conference, where the Award Ceremony will be held.


 

The Ruminant Well-being Research Award

This award will be offered to a recent PhD graduate in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines that made an exceptional contribution to the scientific knowledge on ruminant well-being by:
     •  Improving our understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering.
     •  Developing scientific methods of measuring animal well-being, with potential practical applications.
     •  Developing scientific-based strategies that improve animal well-being.
     •  Identifying issues of concern and seeking solutions to challenges.
     •  Developing methods to change human attitudes and behaviour to ensure proper stewardship.

The Ruminant Well-being Achievement Award

This award will be offered to a practising veterinarian or a researcher in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines to recognise his/her achievements in advancing the well-being of ruminants. It aims at rewarding an individual that made a contribution to the well-being of food-producing ruminants by:
     •  Improving our understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering.
     •  Developing scientific methods of measuring animal well-being.
     •  Developing practical well-being assessment methods.
     •  Developing practical strategies to improve animal well-being.
     •  Raising awareness of issues of concern and engage different stakeholders in seeking solutions to challenges.
     •  Changing human attitudes and behaviour to ensure proper stewardship.
     •  Communicate information about, and propose solutions to animal well-being challenges with courage and integrity.

 

Selection process

An independent jury will select the recipient of both Ruminant Well-being Awards. The Jury comprises of five experts in the field of ruminant well-being:
     •  Xavier Manteca - Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain (Head of the Jury)
     •  Ed Pajor - University of Calgary, Canada
     •  Cathy Dwyer - SRUC, United Kingdom
     •  Elena Torres - Universidad de la República, Uruguay
     •  David Beggs - University of Melbourne, Australia

Nominations may be submitted by:
     •  The applicant for the award him/herself.
     •  A third person (co-worker, supervisor, etc.).
     •  Organisations (governmental and non-governmental) or local divisions of WAB.

The jury will accept only applications for single individuals.
Recipients must be available and willing to attend a presentation ceremony and participate in other recognition activities (e.g. webinars, an article, an interview...). In addition, a global press release will be issued.

Individuals nominated for the Ruminant Well-being Research Award must be a PhD graduate that defended his/her PhD degree successfully between January 2018 - June 2020. Nominates must have made a significant contribution to ruminant well-being science. A publication in a peer-reviewed journal will be preferred, but other contributions will also be accepted.

Individuals nominated for the Ruminant Well-being Achievement Award must be practising veterinarians or scientists in the field of veterinary medicine, animal science or related disciplines. They must have made a sustained effort to improve ruminant well-being: 
     •  Either through significant contributions to ruminant well-being science by several publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
     •  Either have contributed to a significant improvement in animal well-being. Such improvement may either be in exceptional leadership, public service, practical strategies, education and/or advocacy.

Previous recipients of the Ruminant Well-being Awards will not be accepted.


The Ruminant Well-being Award is an initiative of the WAB and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health facilitates the selection process of the Ruminant Well-being Award and finances the prize exclusively.