The winner of the BVNA NI Vet Nurse of the Year 2010 was announced at the Gala banquet at the BSAVA (NI) and BVNA (NI) Congress at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on May 29.

The winner of the BVNA NI Vet Nurse of the Year 2010 was announced at the Gala banquet at the BSAVA (NI) and BVNA (NI) Congress at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on May 29.

The BVNA awards, which are supported by Hill’s, are now in their third year and designed to celebrate the very special efforts made by veterinary nurses (VNs) and animal nursing assistants (ANAs) 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.

[L-R] Tina Mackey, Jenny Beggs, BVNA president Donna Lewis, Hill's territory manager Susie Turner and Bridget DavidsonThere are three awards: NI Student Vet Nurse of the Year, NI Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year and NI Vet Nurse of the Year and they are judged based on nominations by members of the public and colleagues who believe the nominees achievements should be recognised.

The top awards went to:

NI Vet Nurse of the Year: Jenny Beggs (Rathgael Veterinary Clinic, Bangor)
NI Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year: Tina Mackey (Glenn Veterinary Clinic, Bangor)
NI Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year: Bridget Davidson (Rathgael Veterinary Clinic, Bangor)

The judging panel included Hill’s veterinary business adviser Tom Montgomery, BSAVA NI chair Karensa Scott and BVNA president Donna Lewis.

Paula Quinn, Northern Ireland regional co-ordinator of the BVNA, said: “This year I am pleased to say we have had a record number of entries which just goes to illustrate the quality of veterinary nurses in Northern Ireland. The judges have had an unenviable task choosing between the nominees and certainly some of the comments we have had from members of the public should make us all proud to be part of such a wonderful and rewarding profession.”

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