Monday, 11 April 2011

Vet Oscar won by Clare Rusbridge - the Cavalier's champion

The most famous vet of all time in the UK is James Herriott, of "All Creatures Great and Small" fame and one of the most prestigious awards in the veterinary calendar is named after the man behind the fictional name - Yorkshire vet Alf Wight, who died in 1995 from prostate cancer.

James Wight and Clare Rusbridge
This year's winner of the JA Wight Memorial Award, which recognises outstanding contributions to companion animal welfare, has been awarded to neurovet Dr Clare Rusbridge (left) for her work with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - and particularly for her role in identifying, researching and treating syringomelia in Cavaliers and other toy breeds.

Clare, who appeared in Pedigree Dogs Exposed to raise awareness of the extent of syringomyelia in Cavaliers, is a world-renowned research and clinical neurovet who also specialises in canine epilepsy. She received her award from Alf Wight's son, James.

I have witnessed at first hand Clare's warmth and calm professionalism with her clients - two-legged and four - and it's obvious why they adore her.  She is also meticulous and unwavering in her determination to help Cavaliers - despite a whispering campaign aimed at discrediting Clare and her research by a small minority of Cavalier breeders who have resented her highlighting the problem of syringomyelia in the breed.

I know there are times when Clare has been upset about this, so it's fantastic that she has been recognised for her work by her peers with this important award  - and I am sure my congratulations will be joined by many Cavalier pet owners and supportive breeders who recognise the huge debt of thanks they owe her.

Many congratulations to Clare and her team at Stone Lion Vets in Wimbledon and to her research team, which includes her very proud mum Penny Knowler.

14 comments:

  1. Congrats to Dr Clare Rusbridge! They could not have picked a better person. And (because it's me) did you know that Alf Wight was a border terrier owner? True!

    P

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  2. Wonderful news and so deserving. Well done Clare. This has cheered me up today.

    Philippa

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  3. Margaret Carter11 April 2011 16:54

    Congratulations and thank you for all you have done for Cavaliers.

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  4. So well deserved, warmest congratulations Clare

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  5. Very well deserved, well done Clare :)

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  6. Congratulations to Dr Rusbridge and the team.Great to see your work recognised.
    Sue Thatcher

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  7. Ronnie Irving, chairman of the English Kennel Club is also a Border terrier man.

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  8. Clare is the best! -- Rod Russell, Orlando, Florida USA

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  9. Well done Clare, Health is so worth the battle
    keep up the good work!

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  10. Brilliant - very well deserved Clare...keep up the good work. :)

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  11. Fantastic news. Clare has done so much for Cavaliers and it is wonderful to see her recognised for this.

    Jo

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  12. Nice article, thanks for the information.

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  13. Congratulations to Clare Rusbridge and more congratulations to the Cavalier for her help!

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