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How are the awards judged?

The Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards are judged by an impartial and independent panel of key industry representatives

The judging panel put their own industry knowledge and experience to the test as they discuss and agree who the finalists and winners in each category should be. Petplan has no involvement in the judging process.

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How the finalists and winners are selected

From the thousands of nominations received, the judges have a very difficult task to narrow down the shortlist to just three finalists in each category. The finalists are all invited to attend the awards ceremony where the winners are announced.

The judges specifically look for clear examples of:

  • Exceptional levels of care and compassion
  • Outstanding knowledge, expertise and communication
  • Those that go above and beyond their duties to improve animal welfare

The role of selecting the finalists and winners is an extremely tough job. The quality of nominations received is always extremely high and we are sure that this year will be no exception!

Meet the judges

Here are the judges for the 2019 awards, all of whom are involved with judging all categories.

Claire Bessant
Chief Exec International Cat Care

Claire Horton
Chair ADCH

Daniella dos Santos
BVA Junior Vice President

David Simpson
Petplan Charitable Trust

Liz Campbell
Chairman at Association of Air Ambulances Charity Ltd

Sarah Fisher
TTouch Instructor and behaviour counsellor