Barnard Castle vet's delight at scopping award
A DALE vet who gave up her job in the UK to care for stray dogs in Sri Lanka has been recognised as one of the best in the country.
Janey Lowes, 28, from Barnard Castle, picked up the Vet of the Year accolade at the Daily Mirror’s Animal Hero Awards last week.
The former Barnard Castle School pupil set up WECare Worldwide in 2014 with the support of Westway Veterinary Group, in Newcastle, where she worked before leaving for Sri Lanka.
Having previously visited the island nation on holiday, Ms Lowes saw first hand the plight of sick and injured animals living on the streets. She left her life in England to give the Sri Lankan street dogs the care they deserve.
WECare is based in the town of Talalla and provides veterinary expertise to animals that don’t have access to any other form of healthcare.
Since moving two years ago, Ms Lowes has neutered and vaccinated thousands of dogs in a pop-up clinic.
She was one of three vets to be shortlisted for the prestigious award which she received at a red carpet event at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.
Ms Lowes said: “It feels unbelievable. I honestly never imagined anything like this would ever happen. To me, I am just waking up every day and living my passion and it is crazy for that to be recognised as an achievement because to me it just feels like something anyone would do.
“Hopefully this recognition results in WECare being able to help many more dogs by raising awareness and much-needed funds.”
The event was hosted by TV personality Amanda Holden. The judges included Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, singer Alesha Dixon, McFly’s Tom Fletcher and James Yeates the RSPCA’s chief vet.
Ms Lowes added: “Vets all over the country work their backsides off in a job that is relentless and all-consuming, both emotionally and physically, to save the lives of animals day-in day-out. I see no reason why I am any different to those 20,000 committed professionals but still it is absolutely lovely to be recognised and I am proud to be part of such a fantastic profession.”