Staff at an Edinburgh-based VN college will be awarded a special gong at this year’s BVNA congress, recognising their efforts to save the institution’s veterinary nursing courses from closure.
Staff at an Edinburgh-based VN college will be awarded a special gong at this year’s BVNA congress in recognition of their fight to save the institution’s veterinary nursing courses from closure.
Staff and students at Telford College started a widespread media campaign in 2011 to save the institution’s VN diploma programme, as well as its VN entry-course, from being axed due to cost-cutting.
After writing to MSPs, raising awareness via Facebook and garnering thousands of petition signatures, activists managed to save the courses.
A representative of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) said: “BVNA council considered this year the veterinary nursing team at Edinburgh’s Telford College deserved to have their hard work acknowledged.
“They will therefore be awarded the BVNA Special Recognition Award in recognition of the successful campaign put in place to safeguard the veterinary nursing course in the face of closure due to financial cutbacks.”
She added: “Anyone working in veterinary nurse education over the last few years has faced significant changes in the way that courses have to be delivered and students supported while on placement.
“Edinburgh’s Telford College veterinary nursing team have continued to manage the changes to the course while raising awareness of the vital need for this provision in Scotland with everyone from MSP’s to the management of the college.”
This year Telford’s full-time FE course has proved more popular than ever, with more than 400 people applying for just 24 places.
Fiona Reid, head nurse at A+G Vets in Bonnybridge, is an ex-Telford student and helped campaign to keep the courses open.
She told Vetsonline: “When I found out we might be losing the course it was really galling.
“It is probably one of the best courses in Scotland – I’m not just saying that as an ex-student – the quality of the nurses that come out is really high and it made no sense to see Telford looking to shut the courses down.”
She added: “The team are really worthy of this award – they do a fantastic job for their students and it speaks volumes that BVNA wants to give them an award.”
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