Last chance to recognise veterinary professionals

VET NURSES RI Farm

DO you know an outstand-

ing veterinary profession-al? Someone who goes out of their way, every day, to make a positive impact at their practice, or their local rescue, to the animals they treat and their owners, their colleagues, or wider community?

This is your chance to nominate them and make sure they are recognised for their hard work in the Northern Ireland Veterinary Nursing Awards 2021.

The closing date for nominations is this weekend, February 28, so be quick and make sure the veterinary professional you want to be recognised is included.

Organised by the Northern Ireland region of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), together with Agria Pet Insurance, and supported by the Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practicing in Northern Ireland (AVSPNI), the awards will find one winner in each of the following categories:

n Northern Ireland’s Veterinary Nurse of the Year (must be a registered Vet Nurse);

n Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year;

n Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year;

n Receptionist of the Year;

n Rehoming and Rescue Champion of the Year;

n Clinical Coach of the Year – a new category for 2021.

Nominations are welcome from the public, clients, vet practices, peers or even from the nominee themselves – it doesn’t matter – what’s important is finding worthy winners for each category.

All nominees will receive a nomination certificate and a small memento in recognition of the support they have received. Once nominations close, independent judges will assess all supporting information on the individuals put forward and choose the winners, who will be announced and presented with their awards, Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

Susie Hill, Vet and Rehoming Partner Manager for Agria, said: “NI Vet Nurse of the Year 2021 will be extra special this year. During such unprecedented and challenging times, the work that veterinary practice staff do has never been more challenging, but as ever, so important and so incredibly worthy of acknowledgement.

“These individuals are always there, making a tough job easier for everyone around them, and making the biggest difference to those they work with and care for.”

Last year’s winner of Northern Ireland’s Veterinary Nurse of the Year, Catherine Morris, from Gortlands Veterinary Clinic, Bel-fast, commented: “This award is unexpected but makes the hard work worthwhile.

“It’s lovely to be recognised and appreciated.”

This year, a new category, “Clinical Coach,” has been added – for a vet or nurse working in practice.

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