Time is running out for veterinary nurses planning to enter Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Pet Slimmer of the Year competition.

Friday (October 31) is the deadline for entries to the competition, which aims to reward VNs and pet owners whose animals shed the pounds.

There are prizes to be won, as well as educational material and handy weight loss tools for participating practices.

The competition will see 16 regional winners slimmed down to one deserving canine and one feline champion that have triumphed in the battle against the bulge. Both overall winners will win £1,000 of Love2Shop vouchers, plus a year’s supply of Hill’s pet food. The nominating vet nurse and his or her practice will receive £500 of the vouchers.

Eight regional winners have already been chosen during the first judging phase, with the remaining eight still up for grabs. Nurses who nominate a regional winner will receive £150 of Love2Shop vouchers while all participating clients will automatically receive a free starter pack. Successful pet slimmers will be rewarded with a goody bag worth £49*.

Vet nurse Alan Gallagher, from Sunbeam Veterinary Hospital in Cork, has entered 47 of his clients into the competition so far and said he believed there were many the benefits to the programme.

“I’ve been running weight loss clinics for years and by far the best success I have achieved is through Pet Slimmers,” he said. “Clients love the motivation and really enjoy getting to know the practice team as a result of coming in for their regular weigh-ins – you can see they’re literally buzzing to find out the results each time.

“So, not only does it do wonders for the pet’s waistline but it’s a great way to strengthen relationships with your clients who are then much more likely to take your other health care recommendations on board. There’s no reason not to enter.”

Participating practices are provided with a comprehensive range of educational materials for the waiting room and weighing areas designed to create awareness of obesity and inform owners of the benefits of pet weight loss by encouraging regular weight checks.

To find out more, visit Drive Nutrition at www.hillsvet.co.uk or www.hillsvet.ie and, with the clients’ permission, register their details online.

*price based on the canine pack

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