Points of light award for ECEIM Diplomate and Honorary member Derek Knottenbelt

 Published: 13 Dec 2016 | Last Updated: 13 Dec 2016 10:41

British Prime Minister Theresa May recognised ECEIM Diplomate and Honorary member Professor Derek Knottenbelt with a Points of Light award on 9th December 2016. This award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, was given in recognition of Derek's work with ‘Vets with Horsepower’, a group of equine veterinarians who go on motorbike tours to raise funds for international animal and human charities by delivering veterinary continuing education. Prime Minister Theresa May said that: “Your initiative, ‘Vets with Horsepower’ takes a brilliantly innovative approach to raising funds for some very worthy causes across the world, as well as supporting charity staff with your team’s professional skills.” Derek, the driving force behind Vets with Horsepower is the 631st recipient of a Points of Light award and said: “This award is truly amazing and I am both honoured and humbled by it. I am part of an amazing team of people who care deeply about the wider world and this is as much their recognition as mine. It is simply amazing to be recognised in this way.” The group recently completed a tour in South Africa and have raised in excess of £280,000 for causes. Plans for the 7th edition of Vets with Horsepower are already underway!