Polly Birch Award 2019

Why this award?


Polly Birch graduated from The University of Liverpool Veterinary School in 2009. She was a truly conscientious vet, and though she struggled at times to find what she really wanted out of her professional life, her patients always came first. In 2016 she was diagnosed with a melanoma. It was removed and within a few months she fell pregnant, giving birth to a beautiful girl, Ada, in May 2017. Tragically, only weeks later, at a routine checkup, she was given the terrible news that she had developed metastases from the original melanoma, affecting both her abdominal organs and her brain. Despite this news Polly faced life and this momentous challenge head on. She exuded the positive approach to life which her numerous friends had become used to and we all believed her when she insisted she would beat it.

Although she is no longer with us the strength of her love for her friends and family and the wellbeing of the environment lives on in all those who knew her. Polly’s parting mantra was to “look after the bees”, a plea to look after those most vulnerable but responsible for such beauty.

We feel there will be so much left undone because of her absence and this award is to recognise those who contribute to our society and serve our planet in the way she would have.

What is it?

This award has been put together to recognise people within the veterinary community that have engendered the spirit of Polly in the work that they do. Nominees should show passion, commitment, empathy in the work they do and be contributing in at least one the following fields:


1. Contribution to a community

- Bringing together of a group or supporting otherwise disparate members
- Putting others before themselves, acts of selflessness and a caring attitude


2. Positive impact on the environment

- Highlighting or furthering a cause leading to its advancement
- Personal commitment for the benefit of environment

Please include your name and contact details and those of the person you are nominating, along with approx. 300 words detailing what the nominee has done and how you feel this captures the qualities this award is there to recognise.

The award will close on the 31st of July 2019 and be presented at Wellvet Weekend in September 2019.

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Inspired by Polly Birch, supported by VSGD

Polly Birch Award Nomination Form