BSAVA Awards - Simon Award

The Simon Award, sponsored for the 2023 awards by Vet Instrumentation, is for contributions to the advancement of all small animal surgery in its widest context, including but not limited to, soft tissue surgery, anaesthesia, orthopaedics and surgical aspects of neurology, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging and exotics (NTCA).

Simon, was a Golden Retriever owned by Mr J. Thomas, a blind telephone operator, that also became blind and had his sight restored by surgery, thus enabling him to resume his full duties as a guide dog. Mr Thomas, in appreciation of the work and surgical skill which had made this possible, inaugurated and made this award at the 1962 annual Congress.

2024 Winner – Ben Walton BVSc DSAS(orth) MRCVS

Ben is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics), and he has contributed much to the development of novel surgical techniques. He has published several peer-reviewed publications, and he has also trained nearly 500 surgeons from across Europe in new techniques for condylar fractures.