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BVNA Award winners revealed at Congress
Pictured: Kirsty Cavill, winner of the BVNA Impact Award 2021.
The awards ceremony took place at the Congress Dinner Dance.

The winners for the BVNA Awards were announced at the BVNA Congress 2021 Dinner Dance on Saturday (2 October).

Jo Oakden, BVNA president, commented on the event: “What an awards ceremony we had at the BVNA Dinner Dance 2021. It was incredible to share some of the finalists videos - they were full of passion and inspiration.”

BVNA Impact Award
The BVNA Impact Award, given to a veterinary nurse who has gone above and beyond to support and teach others in practice, was awarded to Kirsty Cavill.

The award celebrates a veterinary nurse who has encouraged positive change, discussions or improved clinical standards. The recipient also must be a positive role model or influence in veterinary nursing to both the public and profession. 

VNJ Writer of the Year Award
Aneesa Malik was given the VNJ Writer of the Year Award, for articles which encouraged discussions, positive change or an improvement of clinical standards in practice.

Inspiring Environmental Change Award
The Inspiring Environmental Change Award is given to a veterinary nurse who is a 'green champion' for the profession, someone who has demonstrated commitment to helping the environment, both in or out of practice.

This award was presented to Sarah Coton.

#Supportmesupportyou Award
Flick Caldwell was presented with the #Supportmesupportyou Award, which celebrates a veterinary nurse who has paved the way for promoting mental health support and equality within the profession.

Jo congratulated the nominees and expressed her pride in the evening: “Congratulations to all of our nominees for the BVNA Awards, it really was truly a demonstration of veterinary nurses championing veterinary nurses.

“But an even bigger congratulations to our Awards Winners, for the BVNA Awards, but also the Hills Awards and the Blue Cross Vet Nurse of the year award. Be proud, I really am - to be part of such an amazing profession that has an amazing supportive community. Well done all!”

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Laura Muir wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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 Veterinary surgeon and Olympic silver-medalist Laura Muir scooped the gold medal in the 1500m final Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Winning Scotland's 12th title of the games, Muir finished in four minutes 2.75 seconds, collecting her second medal in 24 hours.

Dr Muir commented on her win: "I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me. I ran as hard as I could to the line.

"It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot." 

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