RCVS News: Nominations open for prestigious veterinary nursing award

The nomination period for an honour which recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the veterinary nursing profession is now open.

Nominations for the Veterinary Nursing Golden Jubilee Award 2014 can be made until 1 May 2014 and this year the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is looking for nominees who have made an exceptional contribution to the profession, animal welfare or patient care – whether in clinical practice, education, research or politics. Nominees can be registered or listed veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons or lay people.

Kathy Kissick, Chair of VN Council, explains: “With this award we are looking for someone who can be an excellent ambassador for the veterinary nursing profession; who has made a real and substantial difference to the profession; and who can raise its profile and fight its corner.

“I would urge all those who are passionate about the profession and its future to put forward someone who they think is deserving of this honour.”

The award was launched in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first RCVS veterinary nursing training scheme. The first recipient of the award was Jean Turner, while Sue Badger received the accolade in 2012.

Click here to visit the RCVS website and download a nomaination form. You can also watch a video featuring Kathy Kissick talking about its importance.

The nominators must be registered/listed veterinary nurses or veterinary surgeons but the two additional proposers can be lay people.

For further information about the award please contact Annette Amato, Deputy Head of Veterinary Nursing, on 020 7202 0713 or a.amato@rcvs.org.uk.