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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.