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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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Vets save premature penguin chick

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 Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  

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