As National VN Awareness Month passes its halfway mark, Vetsonline and sister publication VN Times decided to look at some of the fantastic events put on by dedicated veterinary nursing staff around the United Kingdom.

As National VN Awareness Month passes its halfway mark, Vetsonline and sister publication VN Times decided to look at some of the fantastic events put on by dedicated veterinary nursing staff around the United Kingdom.

The BVNA officer team ready and raring to go at the Alton ShowThe national initiative, established by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), aims to promote the importance of the veterinary nursing profession and the provision of responsible pet care.

Kicking VN Month off in style the BVNA officer team descended on the Alton Show on July 1. The six-strong team—including president Claire Fraser and president-elect Louisa Baker—spent the day chatting to pet owners, dispensing advice and educating people about the association.

Louisa told VN Times: “The bad weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the team who gave out more than 250 goodie bags and chatted to the vast number of visitors at the show.”

Throughout the UK, other nurses have been running their own events to promote their profession – including Sheffield VNs Charlotte Webber and Catherine Parsons, from Hunters Bar Veterinary Clinic, who ran a two-day outdoor event at a local park on July 7-8, complete with cakes, competitions and even raccoons.

Scenes from National VN Awareness Month 2012Charlotte said: “We were not surprised to hear that many people were unaware of veterinary nurses, let alone what we do, so we certainly think the event helped to raise some public awareness.”

BVNA’s Kent regional coordinator (and past-president) Donna Lewis organised an educational fundraising evening, which saw 35 local nurses attend Hadlow College to hear a lecture from the association’s chosen charity for 2012, the Retired Greyhound Trust – for which they raised nearly £200.

Wolverhampton VN and practice owner Helen Tottey – a major supporter of the campaign to protect the VN title – visited a local care home to explain the role of nurses to elderly residents and their families.

Helen’s practice, Price Less Pets, is also running free health checks throughout July and has display materials up to educate clients about VN Month.

Having canvassed local schools, RVNs Donna Smith and Helen Connor threw open the doors of Vets4Pets Peterborough on July 14, providing aspiring nurses with practice tours and talks on how to become VN.

Speaking during the event Helen said: “It’s nice to get the careers information across to young people and see there is actually hope out there – hopefully we’ve seen the next generation of nurses today.”

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