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Newcastle RVN scoops British Vet Nurse of the Year
Tyrina Gibson received her award at BVNA Congress in Telford.

Tyrina Gibson described as ‘inspirational’ champion for animals 

An RVN from Newcastle has been crowned ‘Vet Nurse of the Year’ by national pet charity Blue Cross.

Tyrina Gibson received her award at BVNA Congress in Telford for her lifelong dedication to helping animals. Blue Cross clinical director David Catlow said:

“Tyrina is held up as an inspiration for her tireless passion for helping pets, and she’s clearly highly regarded by her peers and her clients. When she’s not at the practice, she’s filling her spare time with looking after animals. Tyrina is a very deserving winner of this year’s award.”

Tyrina has worked at the PDSA in Newcastle for almost four years and was described by her nominees as 'inspirational - a champion for animals with extensive knowledge and incredible commitment'.

Starting out as a child keen to care for all the local stray pets and insects, Tyrina’s home is still a sanctuary for animals that need a little extra care.

Besides being a PDSA veterinary nurse, Tyrina is also head nurse of The Wildlife Retreat department at Hilltop Farm Animal Sanctuary. She also rears kittens for Cat Protection, particularly during the busy summer months.

Commenting on her award, Tyrina said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked to win the award. It’s an amazing feeling and I really feel honoured. It means so much to me to get this recognition from my peers, simply for doing something that is my passion in life.”

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”