BVOA Leslie Vaughan Prize

Professor Leslie Vaughan

Professor Leslie C. Vaughan was born in Swansea in 1927, and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1949. His whole professional life was dedicated to the RVC where he worked from 1949 initially as house surgeon, then lecturer in surgery, senior lecturer in surgery, reader in surgery, professor in surgery, head of department and vice principle. Even after retirement, he continued to work and teach at the RVC. Professor Vaughan made an outstanding contribution to veterinary surgery and the Royal Veterinary College for over 50 years. Professor Vaughan died in 2008 after a short illness


The Leslie Vaughan Prize was initially instigated to mark Professor Vaughan's remarkable contribution to veterinary orthopaedics. Initially the prize was awarded to the candidate with the best mark in the RCVS CertSAO examination. When that examination was withdrawn in 1997, the format of the prize was altered to encourage and reward young researchers in the field of veterinary orthopaedics.


The Leslie Vaughan Prize will be awarded to the best Clinical Research Abstract that is presented at the Spring Meeting of BVOA by a young scientist who is less than 12 years qualified. Judgement of the eligible abstracts will involve balloting of the audience at the end of the abstract presentations - and the prize will be presented before the end of the meeting.The Prize includes:

  • Acting as caretaker for the sculpture by Hamish Denny that "embodies" the prize (to be returned the following year).
  • Free registration and hotel accommodation for the BVOA Autumn meeting that follows in the same year or £500 towards attendance at a scientific meeting of the winner's choice.
Year Winner Abstract Title
2007 Michael Tivers Partial medial meniscal resection only versus fabello-tibial suture for the management of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency
2008 Adrian Wallace Radius and ulna fractures in cats:a retrospective study of 48 cases
2009 Davinia Draffan Radiographic analysis of trochlear notch sclerosis in the diagnosis of osteoarthirtis secondary to medial coronoid disease
2010 Neil Burton Medical management versus arthroscopic treatment for medial coronoid process disease in dogs: a prospective gait evaluation
2011 Graham Hayes Electromyographic study of the hamstring reflex response to cranial tibial translation: A method to detect changes in dynamic stabilisation of the stifle associated with cruciate disease
2012 Hannah Gritti Proximal tibial fracture in immature dogs
2013 Miranda Aiken Does postoperative antibiosis reduce the risk of surgical site infection?
2014 Ricardo De Sousa Biomechanical comparison of a traditional fabella-tibial suture and lateral sutures placed between quasi-isometric points for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in feline stifles.’
2015 Mark Longley Biomechanical evaluation of simulated feline patella fracture repairs
2016 Lea Meakin Evaluation of chronic pain in dogs following surgical stabilisation of humeral condylar fracture or fissure: 105 cases
2017 Charlotte Howes Skull pathology in six cats with patellar factures and persistent deciduous teeth
 2018 Heather Williams   Multi-centre retrospective study of the long-term outcome following suspected traumatic luxation in 37 cats