A “poppy wave” to commemorate recipients of PDSA’s Dickin Medal helped an RVN win Blue Cross’ Veterinary Nurse of the Year Award for a second time.

Sam Shand
Sam Shand with her memorial creation.

Sam Shand – of Quarrington Veterinary Surgery in Sleaford, Lincolnshire – first won the accolade in 2012, which is awarded to a RVN who makes a significant contribution to educating the public about responsible pet ownership and welfare.

Raising awareness

The first time around, Mrs Shand won for her dedication as a VN, work to educate the public – especially children – in animal care and charity efforts.

This year, she won not only for her memorial, but also her attempt to educate owners on neutering via a music video parody based on the Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor song Marvin Gaye (below).

Humbled and emotional

Mrs Shand said: “I was humbled and emotional when I found out I had won again. We get daily recognition from friends, but for someone to nominate me and the panel to say ‘she deserves it a second time’ is incredible.

“Not many people remember the animals who helped us through wars and I wanted to bring that to people’s attention.”

The poppies will be auctioned after Armistice Day on 11 November in aid of PDSA.

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