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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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