Leslie Vaughan Prize

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 When that examination was withdrawn in 1997, the format of the prize was altered to encourage and reward young researchers in the field of veterinary orthopaedics.


From 2024, the Leslie Vaughan Prize will be awarded to the best Clinical Research Abstract that is presented at the Autumn Meeting of BVOA by a young scientist who is less than 12 years qualified. This is a change from recent years, where the prize has been awarded at the Spring meeting.  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 next year or £500 towards attendance at a scientific meeting of the winner’s choice.
YearWinnerAbstract Title
2004Andy MooresThe three loop pulley suture versus two locking loop sutures for the repair of canine achilles tendons
2005Toby GemmilAssessment of elbow joint incongruency using reconstructed computed tomography in dogs with elbow dysplasia
2006Mark TonzingPost surgical meniscal injuries following 357 tibial plateau levelling procedures
2007Michael TiversPartial medial meniscal resection only versus fabello-tibial suture for the management of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency
2008Adrian WallaceRadius and ulna fractures in cats:a retrospective study of 48 cases
2009Davinia DraffanRadiographic analysis of trochlear notch sclerosis in the diagnosis of osteoarthirtis secondary to medial coronoid disease
2010Neil BurtonMedical management versus arthroscopic treatment for medial coronoid process disease in dogs: a prospective gait evaluation
2011Graham HayesElectromyographic 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
2012Hannah GrittiProximal tibial fracture in immature dogs
2013Miranda AikenDoes postoperative antibiosis reduce the risk of surgical site infection?
2014Ricardo De SousaBiomechanical 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.
2015Mark LongleyBiomechanical evaluation of simulated feline patella fracture repairs
2016Lea MeakinEvaluation of chronic pain in dogs following surgical stabilisation of humeral condylar fracture or fissure: 105 cases
2017Charlotte HowesSkull pathology in six cats with patellar factures and persistent deciduous teeth
2018Heather WilliamsMulti-centre retrospective study of the long-term outcome following suspected traumatic luxation in 37 cats
2019Emma HallSemi-constrained inter-arch external skeletal fixator for management of mandibular drift in three cats
2020No prize was awarded (cancellation of the spring meeting due to Covid19)Emma Hall remained the custodian of the Leslie Vaughan statue
2021Wi Li ChongThe comparison of the advanced locking plate system and the hybrid DCP for pancarpal arthrodesis
2022Alice BrettleUsing ex-vivo biomechanical testing to evaluate the reduction of medial forces in canine elbows after load shifting osteotomies for the treatment of medial compartment disease
2023Dylan PayneComputed tomography (CT) topographical analysis of incomplete intracondylar fissures (HIF) in English Springer Spaniel (ESS)dogs.