BVNA is celebrating the success of its annual congress, which attracted 40% more delegates than its 2014 event.

Fiona Andrew and Sam Morgan
Outgoing BNVA president Fiona Andrew, (left) and her successor Sam Morgan.

Veterinary nurses from all over the country made the most of the vast range of CPD lectures and workshops on offer at the congress at Telford International Centre and enjoyed a bustling exhibition with stands from leading veterinary and animal health companies.

Outgoing BVNA president Fiona Andrew said she was delighted by the success of the congress, particularly as 2015 has seen the association celebrate both its 50th anniversary and the granting of the new royal charter.

She handed over the reins to Sam Morgan, who said it had always been her dream to lead the association. She said she was immensely looking forward to her year of office and hoped to further raise public awareness on the role of vet nurses.

Keynote speaker at the congress was Allen Parton, the founder of Hounds For Heroes, BVNA’s chosen charity for 2015.

A number of awards were presented:

  • BVNA honorary membership – Paul Crawford
  • Blue Cross veterinary nurse of the year – Laura Lacey
  • Blue Cross student veterinary nurse of the year – Kayleigh Thomas
  • College of Animal Welfare professional development award – Hilary Orpet
  • Bayer award for BVNA regional coordinator of the year – Donna Lewis
  • BVNA bursary awards – Jessica Thomas and Nicola Monkman
  • The Kennel Club charitable trust bursary awards – Sarah Bland, Jane Bebbington and Charlotte Thompson
  • The Kennel Club charitable trust degree bursary award – Emma Houston.
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