Winners revealed for BVNA Awards.

BVNA are thrilled to reveal the 3 winners for the BVNA Awards. The winners were announced during the virtual Awards Evening at BVNA This Is Us 2020, which was an amazing celebration of veterinary nursing.

The Awards Evening took place on Saturday the 10th of October, starting with inspirational keynote speaker Dr Jane Goodall DBE, the renowned expert on chimpanzees, followed by the Awards presented by BVNA’s Junior Vice President, Jo Oakden. The evening was also live streamed via the BVNA Facebook page, as well as to event delegates via Zoom. 

The BVNA award winners are:

St Francis Award – Christine Robinson

This award was for a nurse who has gone above and beyond for their team, for their patients and for our profession over the past 12 months.

Christine said, “I am delighted to have won this award, and very surprised! In my very long and diverse career, I have never won an award at all. It’s been lovely to have been acknowledged by others and seen as a role model, and for my nursing to be recognised.”

Help in the Community Award – Bethany Scott

This award was for a nurse who has gone above and beyond to help animal owners and/or their clinical teams during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bethany said, “I am absolutely shocked and I really wasn’t expecting this! Thank you to those who nominated me and congratulations to everyone else.”

VNJ Writer of the Year Award – Courtney Scales

This award was for articles which have encouraged positive change, discussions or improved clinical standards in practice.

Courtney said, “This has made my entire year! I am just super super proud, having presented the topic at Congress last year and then going on to write the articles. I really think I have changed quite a few nurses’ perceptions, protocols and patience, and it’s just so exciting.”

Jo Oakden, BVNA’s Junior Vice President, says, “It was fantastic to see all the worthy nominees and finalists for our new BVNA awards and Hills and Blue Cross awards. The high standards, dedication and resilience of our profession was demonstrated with all of our nominees and winners of the awards, showing they can adapt and overcome to be champions in our profession to help educate and inspire those within and outside of our profession. It was a huge honour to be able to present these awards and still keep the celebratory feel in these unusual times. A huge congratulations to all our winners.”

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