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This competition is now closed. A shortlist of entries has been selected and published within the October issue and at, where you can select your favourite entry before midnight on 28 October, 2016.



Terms and conditions of entry

  1. The competition is only open to RVNs, SVNs and veterinary nursing assistants who subscribe to VN Times, who work in veterinary practices and are residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over. Veterinary surgeons are unable to enter.
  2. Employees of pharmaceutical companies and veterinary companies that provide a service to veterinary practices are not eligible to enter. Any such entries will be invalid.
  3. Entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday September 14, 2016. Entries will be shortlisted and readers of VN Times will choose their top 12 and one overall winner. The winners will be notified by email or telephone by Monday November 7, 2016.
  4. We will accept a maximum of three photographs per person but please note that when it comes to shortlisting only one of those entries will be able to go through to the final choice.
  5. Photographs must be in keeping with the theme Golden Oldies, (i.e. animals within the senior stages of their life, enjoying their retirement or going about their daily antics) and must be accompanied by a brief description of the subject with a maximum of 100 words.
  6. Accepted entries will be animals that are classed as being senior by a vet, or seen to be by their mobility, diet or appearance.
  7. Please supply the best quality and largest image you can. Avoid downsampling images for emailing purposes.
  8. High resolution digital entries must be emailed to Most smartphones and digital cameras will take a reasonable quality photo. If emailing from a smartphone, choose the “Actual Size” option if asked about reducing message size. A minimum file size of around 1.6MB should be sufficient.
  9. Alternatively, entries can be submitted by post to Golden Oldies, Veterinary Business Development Ltd, Olympus House, Staniland Way, Werrington Centre, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6NA. Prints should be a minimum size 6in x 4in (15 x 10cm). Please supply a self-addressed stamped envelope if you require the photographs to be returned to you and ensure that they are labelled with your name and address.
  10. Veterinary Business Development Ltd accepts no liability for loss or damage caused to entries and no responsibility for incomplete or delayed entries.
  11. Each entry should include the animal’s name (if known), your name, telephone number, your qualification(s), address and practice name.
  12. By entering the competition you are giving Veterinary Business Development Ltd permission to publish the photograph and details in the VN Times 2017 wall calendar and for the free use of the image elsewhere by Veterinary Business Development Ltd.
  13. All photographs must be the entrant’s own work.
  14. Photos may only contain animals or people if you have the owner’s/person’s prior consent. Written consent will be required from a parent/guardian/carer if any person under the age of 18 or vulnerable adult is photographed.
  15. First prize: £1,000 email gift voucher. Runners-up: 11 people will each receive a £50 email gift voucher. All 12 winning animals will feature in the VN Times 2017 wall calendar, with the first prize-winning entry appearing on the front cover.
  16. There is no cash alternative to the prizes.
  17. Veterinary Business Development Ltd accepts no liability for loss or misplacement of the prizes once in the winner’s possession.
  18. The VN Times 2017 wall calendar will be mailed with the December 2016 issue of VN Times.
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Miranda Luck RVN
Miranda Luck RVN
10 months 10 days ago

I’m a freelance/locum RVN … may I still enter the Golden Oldie comp?

jacqueline jones
jacqueline jones
6 months 29 days ago

Are the calenders ready yet??


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