A veterinary nursing student from East Durham College has won an award named in honour of the world’s most famous veterinary surgeon.

Award winner Natalie Usher with Michael Fram of the James Herriot Foundation.

Natalie Usher, who is 22 and from Crook, County Durham, was presented with the The James Herriot Foundation Award in Veterinary Nursing for her outstanding work.

Natalie, who was selected from 100 students in the animal care department at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, said she still couldn’t believe she had won.

“It was a huge surprise when my name was announced,” she said.

“I have loved every minute of my time here at Houghall and will leave extremely proud after picking up this award.”

Natalie now has a full-time job as a veterinary nurse assistant at Vets4Pets.

The award, originally named the Houghall Veterinary Nurse of the Year Award, was renamed this year after the The World of James Herriot museum and visitor attraction in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, sponsored it.

Michael Fram, education officer at the James Herriot Foundation, said he was delighted to be a part of the celebration and hoped the foundation’s connection with the college continued.

“We have worked with staff and students from the college over the years and we really wanted to do something with the college to celebrate that connection,” he said. “To have the James Herriot Foundation name connected with such a prestigious award at the college is brilliant.”

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