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Dr Jane Ladlow winner of The Simon Award 2019

The Simon Award sponsored by Veterinary Instrumentation

This award is presented to a member of the BSAVA for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. Simon, a Golden Retriever owned by Mr J. Thomas, a blind telephone operator, 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. The award takes the form of a statuette of ‘Simon’, BSAVA manuals and a cheque and is kindly sponsored by Veterinary Instrumentation.

Jane Ladlow VetMB CertVR CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Jane Ladlow gained her ECVS diploma in 2002 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery at the University of Cambridge. Jane is interested in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly respiratory and oncological cases. Her main area of clinical research since 2006 has been brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. Jane is the clinical lead of the BOAS Research Group at Cambridge, where they have introduced the objective assessment of airway function which has led to work on risk factors for BOAS, clinical diagnosis, breeding guidelines and the development of effective surgical strategies.

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