The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is reminding veterinary nurses and vets they have about a week to put forward nominees for the annual VN Golden Jubilee Award.

VN council chairman Kathy Kissick, left, with the 2014 winner Hayley Walters.

The award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the profession, animal welfare and/or patient care, and was launched in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first RCVS veterinary nursing training course.

Nomination forms need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday, April 24. The principal nominator must be a registered veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon, although the two supporting proposers can be laypeople.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of VN council members and will receive the accolade at RCVS Day – the college’s annual general meeting and awards day – on Friday, July 10.

VN council chairman Kathy Kissick has been encouraging veterinary professionals to make a nomination.

“Awards that recognise the importance of VNs in the context of the veterinary team and animal welfare are crucial to enhancing the profession’s profile,” she said.

“Therefore, I would encourage veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons to think about those VNs who go above and beyond the call of duty for their cause and who would be excellent ambassadors for the profession, and nominate them for the award.”

Last year’s winner was Hayley Walters, an anaesthesia and welfare nurse, at the University of Edinburgh Hospital for Small Animals and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Last week she also named the Ceva Welfare Nurse of the Year for 2015.

A nomination form for the VN Golden Jubilee Award can be downloaded at For further information, contact Annette Amato, RCVS deputy head of veterinary nursing, on or 020 7202 0713.

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