The winner of NI Vet Nurse of the Year 2009 was announced at the Gala Banquet at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (NI) and British Veterinary Nursing Association (NI) Congress.

The awards, now in their second year, are designed to celebrate the very special efforts made by veterinary nurses and animal nursing assistants working in veterinary practices, both in terms of the role they carry out at work and the effort they put into looking after pets and pet owners in their local communities.

Northern Ireland regional co-ordinator of the BVNA, Paula Quinn, said: “The standard of the winners was exceptional once again. I am very proud to say that we have some uniquely motivated people in our profession. A love of animals and dedication to the work of caring for them just shines through. As well as offering our warmest congratulations to the winners, on behalf of the BVNA I would also like to thank all the pet owners and practice staff who took the time to recognise the veterinary nurses who have made those special efforts.”

The winners were:

NI Vet Nurse of the Year
Emma Larmour (Cedarmount Veterinary Clinic, Bangor)

NI Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year
Margaret Murphy (Enre Veterinary Group, Enniskillen)

NI Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year
Emma Craig (City Vets, Belfast)

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