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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month set to return
This year marks the 20th year of the campaign.
The theme for this year’s VNAM is ‘Progression’.

Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) is set to return in May, marking the 20th year since the campaign began.

Led by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), the campaign started in 2004 as a way to champion the veterinary nursing profession to the public and pet owners. Originally Veterinary Nursing Awareness Day, it expanded to a whole month in 2012.

This year’s theme is ‘Progression’, and will focus on the the diverse range of skills, abilities and career pathways in the veterinary nursing profession.

As part of the campaign, the BVNA will be publishing interviews in which RVNs who have been part of the profession for 20 years or longer speak about the progress they have been part of during their time in the role.

Lyndsay Hughes, BVNA president, said: “I am really excited to launch BVNA’s milestone 20th year of raising awareness of veterinary nursing, and VNAM 2024 follows this year’s presidential theme of ‘Progression’.

“This comes at a time when the veterinary nursing profession is standing taller than ever – our voices are being heard, we have the ability to follow our specific interests throughout our careers, and we are recognised as absolutely pivotal members of the veterinary team.”

The BVNA is running a VNMA competition, with the brief ‘Your #VNAM2024, Your Way’. The competition will celebrate the different ways in which practices, nursing teams, and individuals taking part in VNMA choose to educate the public about what veterinary nurses do and explain why the title ‘veterinary nurse’ deserves to be legally protected.

Suggested ideas include running an open day, creating a display for the practice waiting room, and delivering a social media campaign. Those taking part can share their activities with the BVNA to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Ms Hughes added: “We absolutely recognise that it’s currently a challenging time for the veterinary profession – but we also fundamentally believe that veterinary nurses deserve to be championed. At such a busy time for us all, we hope that providing more flexibility over getting involved in VNAM this year means that everyone can find a way to take part.”

More information about how to join in with ‘Your #VNAM2024, Your Way’ competition can be found on the BVNA website.

Image © BVNA


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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.