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Vet nurse awarded 2021 Louise O’Dwyer Scholarship
Jennifer Busby RVN has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Louise O'Dwyer Vet Nurse Scholarship.
Jennifer Busby has been granted a free place on Improve International’s Nurse Certificate ECC programme.

The 2021 recipient of the Louise O’Dwyer Vet Nurse Scholarship, organised by vet CPD provider Improve International, has been announced as Jennifer Busby RVN.

Jennifer, an anaesthesia nurse at Dick White Referrals in Newmarket, has been awarded a free place on Improve International's Nurse certificate in Emergency and Critical Care (Ncert ECC) programme.

Louise O’Dwyer was a world-renowned and highly respected ECC veterinary nurse who sadly died in 2019. Louise lectured on Improve Internationals’ Ncert ECC programme, but also its other nursing courses and congresses across the globe. 

Commenting on her achievement, Jennifer Busby said: “I am thrilled and shocked to have been selected as the winner of the Louise O'Dwyer legacy scholarship.

“Louise has been a massive inspiration and role model to me throughout my career. When I started veterinary nursing, a lecture of hers was one of the first I attended and I felt empowered through her passion and knowledge to further my own career in a similar way. 

She continued: “I have been lucky enough to be able to follow my interests in veterinary nursing anaesthesia but have always had a passion for ECC. Receiving this scholarship will enable me to further my interest and training in this field. I want to thank her family, together with Improve International, for this amazing opportunity.”

Dr Charlotte French, head of curriculum and quality and UK country manager for Improve International, said: “We wanted to do something special to remember Louise O’Dwyer, who was such a talented and well-respected speaker on this course and within the profession. 

“This annual scholarship in her name enables a veterinary nurse, technician or paraprofessional the opportunity of a sponsored place on our NCert ECC Programme. We would like to thank Louise’s family for assisting us in selecting someone whom they feel she would have considered would truly benefit from this postgraduate training and qualification.”

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.