The Blue Cross is calling for nominations fromveterinary practices across the country for its Veterinary Nurse of theYear Award 2009.

The annual award is presented at the BVNA Annual Congress, which will take place on October 9-11 at the Kettering Conference Centre, Northamptonshire.

The award has been created to recognise the contribution of veterinary nurses in educating the public about responsible pet ownership and the welfare of pets in the community.

Rebecca Darbyshire Last year’s recipient was Rebecca Darbyshire from Battlefields veterinary clinic in Pocklington, York. She was nominated by vet and colleague Matt Brash for her “outstanding contribution to animal welfare”, both within her veterinary practice and among the local community.

Mr Brash said: “Rebecca is an outstanding, unassuming professional nurse. She runs all of the clinics that a modern day nurse does, but still has the time for anybody – whatever they need, whenever they need it. She has developed such a close relationship with our clients that they would often rather see her than a vet!”

Nominations for this year’s award can be made by completing the nomination form on The Blue Cross website or by contacting Sally Leathem on 01993 825577.

The deadline for nominations is August 14.

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