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Young vet Alison up for top award

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By Fiona Reid
Young vet Alison up for top award

A VET from Moffat, who specialises in fish, is a finalist for the prestigious Young Vet of the Year 2022 Award.

Alison Brough, 28, has been shortlisted for the British Veterinary Association award, which recognises those in the early stages of their career.

A fish vet with Scottish Sea Farms, she has been nominated for making a significant difference to the lives of aquatic animals; for creating strong, positive relationships with clients; and for always making a difference.

Raised in a farming family, Alison’s heart was set on becoming a vet from as early as she can remember. In 2017, she realised her ambition, graduating from University of Liverpool and embarking on several years of farm animal practice.

Earlier this year she took on her new role, swapping her green wellies and flexothanes for yellow wellies and an orange lifejacket and quickly learning about the species and the sector.

Alison works on the west coast and said: “The more I travelled, the more I came to believe that one of the best ways I could make a positive difference would be to help those working most directly with the fish.”

Ronnie Soutar, head of veterinary services at Scottish Sea Farms, nominated her for the award, praising her as a ‘real people person’ and ‘excellent example of a young vet’.

He added: “Alison very quickly showed an impressive ability to translate not only her new fish knowledge but also her solid grasp of veterinary basic principles into practical advice to farm staff.

“On her own initiative, Alison has taken over responsibility for fine-tuning and delivering fish health training at farm level, personally delivering training modules on a regular basis.

“She recognises the most important thing she can do for salmon health and welfare is to ensure those with direct responsibility for the fish have the highest possible level of knowledge.

“She is an excellent example of a young vet making a very positive impact, mainly through her recognition that the relationship with people is the path to helping animals.”

Responding to the nomination, Alison said: “To be shortlisted as finalist for the BVA Young Vet of the Year, and help represent that passion and commitment, is an absolute honour, one that I hope will also help raise awareness of aquaculture as a career path for fellow and budding veterinarians.”

The winner will be revealed in London on November 17.

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