Young vet scoops WSAVA award

A Bulgarian vet has been named by the WSAVA and Hill’s Pet Nutrition as the 2017 Next Generation Award winner.

Luba Gancheva, who works in Romania, won after launching an online veterinary journal called Vets on the Balkans, with the goal of helping regional vets work more collaboratively, and share their experience and knowledge.

In 2016, Dr Gancheva also started an initiative called “Learn and travel with vets in the Balkans”.

Significant contribution

The Next Generation Award acknowledges the work of a vet who has graduated within the past 10 years and contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the profession and society at large.

For winning the award, Dr Gancheva will receive a monetary gift, engraved plaque and WSAVA certificate, plus have the chance to address this year’s WSAVA World Congress in Copenhagen from 25 to 28 September.

‘Biggest honour’

Dr Gancheva said: “I would like to express my gratitude for the award. It is the biggest honour of my life and I am excited to be part of WSAVA World Congress this year.

“During my lecture, I will present clinical reports from my journal from each country in the Balkans to show, while we may have economic difficulties, our passion for knowledge and love for animals give us strength.

“When you cure an animal, you change the world for someone, so veterinarians change the world. Thank you WSAVA.”

Hill’s Pet Nutrition will fund Dr Gancheva’s attendance at WSAVA World Congress so she can accept her award.


Candidates for the Next Generation Award can come from any country and must meet the following criteria:

  • have graduated within the past 10 years
  • be active in continuing education
  • have a strong record in community service
  • be working to bridge the gap between their generation and others

Candidates for the 2018 award can nominate themselves by emailing by 1 January 2018. They should include a letter of intent, CV and at least one reference letter.

For more information, visit the WSAVA website.