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Nominations open for Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year award
"Blue Cross gives this annual award in appreciation of the commitment of vet nurses across the UK".
Pet owners and veterinary practices invited to put forward their ‘star nurses’

Nominations are now open for the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year award.

The award, which will be presented at BVNA Congress in October (11-13), recognises the dedication of the country’s veterinary nurses and the support they give veterinary teams, pet owners and their animals.

It is given to a veterinary nurse who not only cares for sick and injured pets but goes above and beyond to encourage responsible pet ownership and improve pet welfare in the community.

Last year’s winner was Tyrina Gibson from Newcastle, who was described by her nominator as “inspirational – a champion for animals with extensive knowledge and incredible commitment.”

“Blue Cross gives this annual award in appreciation of the commitment of vet nurses across the UK who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our pets and other animals,” said David Catlow, Blue Cross director of veterinary clinical services.

“We are looking for vet nurses who really go that extra mile to support pet owners in their communities who have a significant impact in improving the nation’s animal welfare”.

Pet owners and veterinary practices are being invited to put forward their ‘star vet nurses’ for the award. If you know somebody who has gone the extra mile for a pet, or has made a significant contribution to animal welfare, visit https://www.bluecross.org.uk/vote-your-favourite-veterinary-nurse-2019

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.