Originally the ‘Warner Lambert Award’, envisaged at 75th Council meeting on Dec 4th 1979 and initially presented for ‘Outstanding contributions in the field of Veterinary Care of Reptiles and Amphibians’. Warner Lambert agreed to sponsor the award of £50 annually along with a certificate for the person who had contributed most to scientific study of Reptiles. This was not necessarily to be a vet or a British resident. A panel was set up to judge the award, which was first presented at the 1980 BSAVA Congress. Subsequent awards were presented at BVZS meetings. BVZS Council agreed that Dr. Elkin should be first recipient. In 1982 the award became the ‘Parke Davies Award’. In 1994 the award was broadened to all ‘Outstanding contributions to the field of Zoological Medicine’. In 1996 it became the ‘Parke Davies (Upjohn) Award’ and later still the ‘BVZS/FZG Award’.
After several years where no Award has been made, the intention of BVZS Council is to resurrect the Award for the 2022 BVZS conference.