The Ricky Wilson Award

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The annual Ricky Wilson Award represents the recognition by their peers of actively practising rural veterinarians who have consistently (for over 20 years) rendered an excellent service to clients and who have served as models and inspiration for fellow practitioners.

The award is not intended for academics, teachers, administrators or researchers.

The award is named in honour of Dr Ricky Wilson who believed that the most important role of the rural veterinarian is the empowerment of the producer so that the veterinarian and the farmer can work together as a team to improve profits.

Ricky Wilson was a dynamic, enthusiastic and inspirational veterinarian in private practice based at Caledon in the Western Cape. Ricky was one of the founders of the Rural Practitioners Group, the forerunner of the LHPG, which is now RuVASA. He served on the SAVA Federal Council in many capacities for many years and was instrumental in getting many committees started to broaden the scope of the impact and value of the South African Veterinary Association. He was very keen to start and maintain good liaison with the livestock industries and sister professions. Tragically he died at home as a result of an electrical fault, and, as a mark of respect, the LHPG decided to create the award and name it in his honour.

The award is presented by the RuVASA Chairperson to the recipient at the annual RuVASA Congress Gala Dinner.

The annual Ricky Wilson Award represents the recognition by their peers of actively practising rural veterinarians who have consistently (for over 20 years) rendered an excellent service to clients and who have served as models and inspiration for fellow practitioners.

The award is not intended for academics, teachers, administrators or researchers.

The award is named in honour of Dr Ricky Wilson who believed that the most important role of the rural veterinarian is the empowerment of the producer so that the veterinarian and the farmer can work together as a team to improve profits.

Ricky Wilson was a dynamic, enthusiastic and inspirational veterinarian in private practice based at Caledon in the Western Cape. Ricky was one of the founders of the Rural Practitioners Group, the forerunner of the LHPG, which is now RuVASA. He served on the SAVA Federal Council in many capacities for many years and was instrumental in getting many committees started to broaden the scope of the impact and value of the South African Veterinary Association. He was very keen to start and maintain good liaison with the livestock industries and sister professions. Tragically he died at home as a result of an electrical fault, and, as a mark of respect, the LHPG decided to create the award and name it in his honour.

The award is presented by the RuVASA Chairperson to the recipient at the annual RuVASA Congress Gala Dinner.

The Ricky Wilson Award Recipients

2002 Dr Danie Odendaal
2012 Dr Luis Schwalbach
2013 Dr Tod Collins
2014 Dr At Viljoen
2015 Dr Clive Marwick
2016 Dr Alan Fisher
2017 Dr Roland Larson
2018 Dr Jannie vd Merwe

2018 Recipient of the Ricky Wilson Award - Dr Jannie van der Merwe

Dr Jannie van der Merwe, from Darling in the Western Cape, received the 2018 Ricky Wilson Award for his dedication to his clients, his expertise in the dairy and sheep industry and his unique ability to impart his knowledge to other veterinarians.  Above all, he inspires young veterinarians to work hard, keep up to date, remain open to new ideas, and have the courage to practise at the forefront of new research and technology.