The search is on to find veterinary nurses who take on leadership roles within the profession, as the RCVS has relaunched its VN Golden Jubilee award.
The relaunch comes after the RCVS veterinary nurses council agreed changes to the award process and criteria, which include restricting the award to veterinary nurses only (previously it was open to veterinary surgeons and laypeople) and making award criteria more focused on leadership.
Council chairman Liz Cox said: “We agreed changes to this award to both encourage more nominations and to ensure those who are nominated are people who are pushing forward the profession, whether that be clinically, politically or in terms of raising public awareness of what we do.”
She added: “Nominees for the award must be people who are proactive and passionate in campaigning on behalf of the profession and who are taking on an ambassadorial role for it – for example, speaking about issues and initiatives at congresses, events or with local or national media.
“If this sounds like someone you know, then please don’t hesitate to put them forward for the award and help raise the profile of the profession even further,” she added.
The award was founded in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first RCVS training course for veterinary nurses and its first winner was Jean Turner, a member of the profession since 1971.
Mrs Turner said: “I have immense pride in the veterinary nursing profession and am still overwhelmed by receiving the first award. I frequently look at the certificate mounted in our study and use the lovely engraved bowl.
“As the first recipient, I look on it as an award for all the veterinary nurses who have worked with me and helped me over many years.”
Although nominees must be veterinary nurses, the primary nominator can be either a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse and the two supporting nominators can be laypeople.
The deadline for returning nomination forms is 29 January 2016 and entries will be judged by a panel of members of VN council.
The award will be made at RCVS Day in July 2016. The winner will also be given a speaking opportunity at next year’s BVNA Congress in October.