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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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AWF Student Grant Scheme opens for applications

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 The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is inviting applications to its 2021 Student Grant Scheme for innovative projects designed to impact animal welfare. The scheme welcomes proposals from undergraduates studying veterinary and animal welfare degrees, but students from other disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Grants will fund projects on animal welfare topics that are relevant to the veterinary profession and help develop the student's skills as a researcher. This year, the AWF is also accepting projects which are carried out alongside EMS so long as they are supervised. For more information and to apply, visit animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk 

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Bristol Vet School announces new PhD Studentship opportunities

Bristol Veterinary School has announced four new PhD Studentship opportunities with a focus on cattle welfare. The projects include:

Developing a novel approach to improve the welfare of dairy cows; The impact of early life programming on resistance to helminths in ruminant livestock; The impact of change and the ability to deal with it on an individual's affective state and welfare; Harnessing 3D cameras and deep learning for on-the-fly automated body condition and mobility analysis to improve cattle welfare.

For more details and how to apply, visit the University of Bristol's website.