Knowledge Awards: Quality Improvement in Practice


Dog with a trophy award

We are delighted to bring you the Knowledge Awards for 2018/19, this year focused on continuous quality improvement (QI).

Who can apply for this award?

This award is open to anyone who works within a veterinary setting. We are particularly interested in applications from a practice setting including, but not limited to, those from the administration team, veterinary nurses, practice managers and surgeons at all levels.

What is the award for?

Have you or a member of your team taken a lead on implementing an improvement in your work? We would like to recognise you for this. The awards will highlight the outstanding examples of QI in practice, rewarding those that are continuously striving towards a more efficient and enjoyable practice environment.

What’s involved?

To apply for yourself or on behalf of your practice team: please complete the application form ‘Apply for a QI award – application form’ and fill in the case study.

To nominate a colleague: please complete the form ‘Nominate a colleague or your team for a QI award – application form’ and fill in the case study. You might have been involved in the improvement and therefore have enough information to fill these forms in yourself, or you might need to ask your colleague who led the improvement for some information.

You will also need to familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions of the award.

All the documents you need are also available to download at the bottom of this page.

Please send your completed application form to

Help with your application

We have been working with a cross-section of the veterinary profession to put together a suite of resources and courses to support veterinary teams in their continuous quality improvement projects. Improvements are wide ranging; some examples are:

  •           how you have decreased congestion in the waiting room
  •           implemented a surgical safety checklist
  •           how you have used benchmarking results for neutering to put a new guideline in place

There are so many ways that you can get involved.

The resources and courses are available in the quality improvement section of our website. If you are new to QI, we have a three-minute video to introduce you to the subject.

We are constantly adding more resources to support you with your application. If you would like to stay up-to-date with new tools as they become available, please send an email to our Grants Executive, Kate Jefferies.

What happens if my application is selected to win?

If your application/nomination is successful, the applicant/nominee/leader of the QI initiative within the practice will become a Knowledge Champion and could be in for a £250 prize, plus we will cover your costs to join us at our next big event. All applicants are welcome to opt-in to work with Knowledge to share their experiences in applying QI, be it through our blog, publishing in our journal Veterinary Evidence, or maybe even presenting at one of our conferences!


This award became available on 19th February 2018. Deadlines to submit your applications are 1st November 2018. We anticipate that this will give you some time to initiate an improvement in your workplace setting (if you haven’t already) and to gather enough information to see if the change has made a difference. As well as positive impacts, you may find that some changes have a negative impact that you weren’t expecting. That’s ok. Quality improvement should be continuous; it’s all about making a change, seeing how well that change does and then improving on it again, and again.