Ana and Karen
Vets For Pets Honours Nurses As It Concludes Sponsorship Of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
3rd June, 2023 15h31
This year, Vets for Pets has sponsored Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) and is marking the occasion by celebrating veterinary nurses across its business.
Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month is spearheaded by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA). In 2023, the campaign theme was ‘empowerment’ – with the aim of highlighting the diverse range of skills and abilities of the veterinary nurse.
The nurses honoured throughout the last month include a team of four qualified nurses from Vets for Pets Hereford with more than 50 years’ experience caring for pets between them.
The team is led by Head Veterinary Nurse Becky Bridges, who has worked at the practice since it opened in 2017. Having previously worked at the Pets at Home Hereford store, Becky left to study veterinary nursing, qualifying in 2008. She then gained qualifications in feline nursing and veterinary nutrition at a local practice, before Vets for Pets recently supported her Masters in Animal Nutrition.
Now, she works alongside her colleagues Kelly, Anna, and Fern, who between them have a wealth of extra qualifications to benefit the practice’s patients, including Canine Massage, Reptile Nursing, and training as Pet Behaviourists.
Becky said: “Being a Veterinary Nurse is hugely rewarding – it's never boring and each day is a new challenge. For me, the most important part is having a supportive team behind you. I’m so incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished so far, and all that is yet to come!”
Another nurse whose story was shared is Karen Taylor, Senior Nurse and Practice Owner at Vets for Pets Swindon Bridgemead, who became a Joint Venture Partner in 2015. Karen qualified in 1991 and has worked with Vets for Pets for 10 years, pursuing her passion for feline nursing by gaining a diploma in 2016.
Karen said: “Veterinary nursing is so much more than just a job and opens so many doors. I’ve worked in the industry since I was 16 and now through the fantastic support of Vets for Pets, I own my own business – and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
Cindy Turner, Head Veterinary Nurse at Vets for Pets Cirencester, who qualified over 35 years ago, and holds an Advanced Feline Nursing Diploma, is also being celebrated by the business.
Cindy has been praised by her practice team for her commitment to continuously develop her skills. She is a huge advocate for cat friendly nursing, has completed several diplomas in animal behaviour and raises money towards the treatment of feral or stray animals treated by the practice in her spare time.
Cindy said: “I’m a passionate advocate of behaviour-led nursing and a huge cat lover. Caring for animals is in my bones and love working with pets to make a difference every day.
“I’m hugely grateful that the team at Vets for Pets Cirencester has given me the freedom to train in industry leading techniques and practice nursing for animal behaviour, allowing me to give pets and owners the best possible outcome.”
Gudrun Ravetz, Veterinary Officer at Vets for Pets, added: “The entire industry is so dependent on the amazing work veterinary nurses do – their expertise and commitment make a real difference to pets and owners across the country, and it’s really important for us to acknowledge this through our sponsorship of VNAM.
“We’re extremely passionate about supporting the career progression of veterinary nurses across the business, and our Joint Venture Partnership scheme gives them the opportunity own and run their own veterinary practice, whilst benefitting from the support and guidance of Vets for Pets.”
For more information about Vets for Pets, visit: www.vets4petscareers.com
For more information about Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, visit:ww.bvna.org.uk/project/vnam-2023
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