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Finalists revealed for BVNA awards
Chloe Mai Burrows (pictured) is a finalist for the Help in the Community Award.

Winners to be announced during virtual event

The BVNA has announced the nine finalists for the annual BVNA Awards, with the winners to be announced during a virtual awards evening during the BVNA This is Us 2020 event.

The award categories and finalists are:

  • St Francis Award, for a veterinary nurse who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to their team, their patients, and the profession over the past year. Finalists are Christine Robinson, Jade Kelly, and Lynsey Tindall
  • Help in the Community Award, presented to nurses who have gone the extra mile to help animal owners and their clinical teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finalists are Beth Scott, Chloe Mai Burrows, and Carla Finzel
  • VNJ Writer of the Year Award, for authors of articles written in VNJ which have inspired positive change, discussion or have improved clinical standards in practice. Finalists are Carol A Gray, Courtney Scales, and Ashleigh Thurston.

Jo Hinde, BVNA president says: “I am thrilled at the launch of BVNA’s new awards. We have an amazing opportunity to highlight the huge dedication, passion and inspiration veterinary nurses bring to the profession.

“It is always uplifting to celebrate and recognise those who have excelled, and all of our finalists are very deserving of the accolade.”

The awards evening begins at 6.30pm on Saturday 10 October and will be streamed live on the BVNA Facebook page, as well as to delegates via Zoom. World-renowned chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall DBE is the keynote speaker for the event, and the awards presentations will follow.

Image (c) BVNA.

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Defra extends applications to Zoo Animals Fund

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 Defra has extended the deadline for applications for the 100 Million Zoo Animals Fund until 26 February 2021.

Launched in June 2020, the fund provides financial support for zoos and aquariums that have experienced a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to 730,000 are available, which can be used to pay for essential costs and maintenance, including veterinary care, medicines, animal feed and staffing.

More information about the fund and details of how to apply can be found here

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APHA confirms eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in England

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has identified an eighth case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England.

Confirmed on Tuesday (15 December), the outbreak was found in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been placed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Further information about the outbreaks and the latest government advice can be found at gov.uk