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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month ‘a huge success’
"This year I was keen to try to broaden the reach of the campaign to all sectors of the veterinary profession."

BVNA announces winners of three competitions 

The BVNA has said it was ‘overjoyed’ with the response to this year’s Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, which ran throughout the month of May.

A social media campaign called for veterinary professionals to submit videos explaining why they could not live without their RVNs.

BVNA branded the awareness month a ‘huge success’, garnering over 2,200 new likes on the campaign’s Facebook page. Posts were also shared in more than 47 countries.

Jo Hinde, VNAM committee chair, led this year’s campaign. She said: “This year I was keen to try to broaden the reach of the campaign to all sectors of the veterinary profession as well as the general public.

“I am thrilled to see that we had engagement from colleges, corporate groups and suppliers as well as from a wide range of staff roles.”

Nurses were challenged to take part in three challenges to help raise awareness of a veterinary nurse’s role - create a display board, run an event and submit a selfie.

The winners across the three categories were:
Category A: Best Display
    ▪    Winner:  Amanda MacDonald, Fraser & Fraser Vets, Dingwall
    ▪    Runner up: Heather Sparks, Eastfield Veterinary Clinic, Grimsby

Category B: Best Event
    ▪    Winner: Nikki McLeod, Albavet, Dunfermline
    ▪    Runner up: Cheryl Ramsbottom, Ashleigh Vets, Sale
Category C: Best Selfie
    ▪    Winner: Lauren Stowe
    ▪    Runner up: Helen Nashwalder

All winners and runners up will receive Love to Shop vouchers worth £25-£200.


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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”