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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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Kennel Club appoints new chief executive

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 The Kennel Club has announced the appointment of Mark Beazley, who was previously Cats Protection's director of operations, as chief executive. Mark replaces Rosemary Smart, who stepped down from the role in April after 18 years.

Mark has held several senior strategic and executive roles, including executive director at Dogs Trust Ireland and chair of the Companion Animal Working Group at Eurogroup for Animals. He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Eu Cat and Dog Alliance.

Mark will take up his new role in October. 

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