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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month winners revealed
The winners of the 16th annual VNAM have been revealed.

“Every single entry was brilliant and really highlighted just #whatVNsdo!”

The winners of the 16th annual Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) have been revealed.

VNAM takes place throughout May every year to highlight the importance of the veterinary nurse in practice and the provision of responsible pet ownership to the public.

Owing to COVID-19, this year's event took place virtually. Normally veterinary nurses create displays in their reception areas and go out into their communities to explain what their job entails.

This year, participants were asked to design a poster 'showing the role of the veterinary nurse' and to record a short educational video that helps pet owners care for their pets. The public was also asked to get involved by taking a picture of their pet and completing the sentence “I love my vet nurse because...”

All of the winning posters, comments and photos are live on the BVNA website and VNAM Facebook page. The educational videos can also be viewed on the BVNA's YouTube channel.

“We have had a huge amount of entries into this year’s competitions and all have been to a very high standard. It has been a pleasure, as always, to lead the judging panel and announce this year’s fabulous winners and runners up,” said BVNA president Jo Hinde.

“I am exceptionally pleased with how well veterinary nurses have embraced the 'digital poster' competition and every single entry was brilliant and really highlighted just #whatVNsdo! The response to our information video category was equally as good and have helped provide a wide range of factual, informative and engaging top tips to pet owners around the world.

“But the most popular category by far was the owner’s competition. We had over 130 entries from dedicated pet owners who wanted to express their thanks to their Veterinary Nurse for caring for their pets.

“It’s heart-warming to read all the entries and see just how much impact Vet Nurses can have on both the pet and owner’s welfare. Thank you all for taking part and helping to make #VNAM2020 a huge success.”

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Zoo calls for volunteers in its hour of need

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 As ZSL London Zoo begins to get back on its feet, the organisation is putting out a call for volunteers who have time to help out. It comes after three months of unprecedented closure, which has seen zoos across the UK come under enormous financial pressure.

Volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of half a day each fortnight, helping to assist zoo visitors as they make their way around. Volunteer manager Rhiannon Green said: "We need cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.

For more information, visit zsl.org. Posts are available at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. 

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BSAVA webinars to shine the spotlight on selected journal papers

A free series of webinars that take a closer look at selected papers published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice has been produced by the BSAVA.

In the new BSAVA Science webinar series, authors of the featured papers discuss their results with a panel and how they may impact clinical practice. The authors then answer questions submitted by audience members.

The webinars are available via the BSAVA Webinar Library, covering four different papers. JSAP editor Nicola Di Girolamo, said: "Discussing the research with the authors - experts in their field - really helps to bring the papers to life."