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Nominations open for ‘Veterinary Nurse of the Year’
Last year’s award went to Fiona Leathers from Bonnybridge, Falkirk, in recognition of her charity work and passion for helping pets.

Awards recognise nurses who go the extra mile in their community 

Blue Cross is seeking nominations for this year’s ‘Veterinary Nurse of the Year’ award, which recognises the dedication and invaluable support veterinary nurses offer their teams.

Each year, the award is given to a nurse who not only cares for sick and injured pets, but also goes the extra mile to encourage responsible pet ownership in their community.

Last year’s award went to Fiona Leathers from Bonnybridge, Falkirk, in recognition of her charity work and passion for helping pets.

David Catlow, the charity’s director of veterinary clinical services said: “Blue Cross gives this annual award to recognise the commitment of vet nurses across the UK who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our pets. We are looking for vet nurses who really go that extra mile to support pet owners and have a significant impact on animal welfare.”

This year’s award will be presented at BVNA Congress in Telford, Shropshire, on 12-14 October.

You can nominate a veterinary nurse online via the Blue Cross website: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/vote-your-favourite-veterinary-nurse-2018

The deadline is Friday, 7 September 2018.

Image courtesy of Blue Cross

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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