One of the best known faces from the BBC series Animal Hospital is to retire after 25 years of service.
The RSPCA is to honour David Grant with the Queen Victoria Gold Medal, the highest merit that can be awarded to staff and volunteers, at a ceremony on September 8th.
Dr Grant was seen treating animals in the TV show, hosted by Rolf Harris, during the 1990s at the RSPCA’s Harmsworth Animal Hospital.
The vet said: "25 years seems like 25 weeks. It is quite scary when you look at it that way.
"Joining the RSPCA was the best professional decision I ever personally made in my career. I look back and I don’t regret one single day.
"The only bad thing about the past 25 years is that they have gone in a flash."
Dr Grant began his career in the late 1960s when he worked at the RSPCA’s farm practice.
To celebrate his career, the RSPCA has created a podcast where the vet looks back on his achievements, recounting some of his most memorable stories, such as the time he came face to face with one of the world’s most venomous snakes.