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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month competition winners revealed
Thrums Vets created a two-day course for school leavers interested in veterinary nursing.
The theme for this year’s VNAM was ‘Progression’.

The Donkey Sanctuary and Thrums Vets have won this year’s Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) competition.

Run by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), which organises the awareness month, the competition celebrates the different ways practices, nursing teams, and individuals join in with

The brief for this year’s competition was ‘Your #VNAM2024, Your Way’ and the overall theme for
VNAM was ‘Progression’.

VNAM, the Donkey Sanctuary invited members of the public for a tour of the sanctuary. A talk was given by the veterinary nursing team and those attending were taught about what veterinary nurses do and the need to protect the title.

The veterinary nursing team also invited students from local veterinary nursing colleges to three talks about how to progress into equine nursing.

Thrums Vets, based in Scotland, put together a two-day course for children at school-leaving age who were considering a career in veterinary nursing.

The course included information about where and how to train to become a veterinary nurse, and introduced the students to some of the tasks veterinary nurses carry out, including bandaging, suturing, and conducting a clinical examination.

The runners up were Delaware Veterinary Group, based in Somerset, and Island VetCare, based on the Isle of Wight.

Lyndsay Hughes, BVNA president, said: “Our competition entries have been absolutely outstanding, and it has been wonderful to see how the theme has been interpreted.

The variety of entries we have had, and the quality of these, has made it really very difficult to judge this year's competition and has made the team exceptionally proud to know we work alongside such excellent veterinary nursing teams.
“Thank you to everyone who entered for taking the time to be an integral part in sharing this year's VNAM theme. Your continued efforts help us raise awareness about the significant impact veterinary nurses have and the fundamental role you play in ensuring animal welfare is maintained.”

The full list of entries can be found on the BVNA website.

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The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

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The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.