Staff have promoted the “awesome and important” role veterinary nurses play by throwing their own careers event for Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month 2017 (VNAM17).
VN Louise Scott – of Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre in Halton, Buckinghamshire – said: “Our veterinary nurses and vets regularly attend careers events at local schools; however, we thought what better way to shout about how awesome and important veterinary nurses are than to throw our own careers event for veterinary nursing awareness month – so that’s what we did.”
Miss Scott continued: “We wrote to all the local secondary schools, advertised on social media and telephoned the local radio stations promoting our event.
“We contacted all the vet schools and vet nursing colleges, and asked them to send us course information and prospectuses for the students. All helped us out massively and sent a lot of information.
“We were absolutely flabbergasted by the interest we had and we were expecting about 60 people to turn up. However, on the night we had 127 people attend. We were all in shock.
“We had a diverse array of people attend – students and mature students, and a mixture of people wanting to be veterinary nurses or vets.”
Miss Scott added: “Our statistics on our Facebook page show our event reached 10,000 people, so although we did not have 10,000 people come to the event, we hope we helped raise a good amount of awareness about #whatvnsdo.
“Nearly all our vet and nurse team helped on the night, which was great to show the public who we all were and why we were so keen to share what we do.
“We set up an exhibition in the equine unit of our practice, with displays on the life of a veterinary nurse and vet, and served refreshments while the team mingled with the public – and, our team made PowerPoint presentations and we held the talks in our equine lecture theatre and equine preparation room.”
Concluding, Miss Scott said: “Due to the demand and interest in our event, we are now going to run a second event for the people we had to turn away.
“We hope our efforts for VNAM17 have been sufficient; we all certainly feel we have worked our bottoms off to spread the message about.”
The centre also used hashtags #weareWHVC and #teamWHVC.