FECAVA President Denis Novak receives the RCVS International Award 2023

The RCVS Honours & Awards recognise veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and laypeople, both in the UK and overseas, who are doing their utmost for animal health and welfare, the professions and society at large.

The RCVS International Award, first bestowed in 2017, recognises veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses or lay people who have worked internationally, from either within or outside the UK.

The recipient of this year’s International Awards is FECAVA President Dr Denis Novak MRCVS.

Dr Novak was nominated for his work on improving standards in veterinary education in Serbia, where he works in practice in the capital Belgrade, the Balkans region and other areas of Eastern Europe through his work with the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), where he is now President. He also founded the Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference (EERVC), which has helped to bring affordable continuing professional development (CPD) and networking opportunities to veterinary professionals from across the region.

His nominator was Dr Wolfgang Dohne MRCVS, a UK representative on the board of FECAVA, who served as the organisation’s President prior to Dr Novak. He said: “Denis was instrumental in establishing freely-accessible continuing education (CE) events in many of these countries, overcoming in many cases the resistance of established (communist) structures.

“Denis has, in many cases, been supportive and instrumental with the establishment of new small animal associations in these countries and with new CE events in Europe and beyond like the new Middle East and African Veterinary Conference in Dubai. A lot of today’s continuing education in Eastern Europe would not have been possible without the help and the support of Denis Novak.”

The awards will be presented to the recipients during the Award ceremony at this year’s RCVS Annual General Meeting and Awards which takes place on Friday 7 July at One Great George Street, Westminster.

More at the RCVS webpage.


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