Nominations for this year’s VN golden jubilee award, which recognises exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing, are now being accepted.

Hayley Walters, right, winner of the 2014 golden jubilee award with VN council chairman Kathy Kissick.

The award was launched in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons veterinary nursing training course and highlights outstanding contributions to the profession, animal welfare and/or patient care.

Nominees can be registered veterinary nurses (RVNs), veterinary surgeons or lay people. Nomination forms need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday April 24.

The principal nominator must be a registered veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon, although the two supporting proposers can be lay people.

RCVS VN council chairman Kathy Kissick said one of the council’s main priorities in the coming years was to raise levels of awareness of RVNs.

“Awards that recognise the importance of VNs in the context of the veterinary team and animal welfare are crucial to enhancing the profession’s profile,” she said.

“Therefore, I would encourage veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons to think about those VNs who go above and beyond the call of duty for their cause and who would be excellent ambassadors for the profession, and nominate them for the award.”

Last year’s winner was Hayley Walters, who was recognised for her contribution to animal welfare through her teaching, clinical and international outreach work. Previous recipients were Jean Turner in 2011 and Sue Badger in 2012. No award was made in 2013.

The nomination form can be downloaded from The winner will be chosen by a panel of VN council members and will receive the award at RCVS Day – the college’s annual meeting and awards day – on Friday July 10.

For further information about making a nomination, contact Annette Amato, RCVS deputy head of veterinary nursing, on or 020 7202 0713.

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of