Events Promoting Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month Attended by BVNA During 2016
In support of our campaign to promote the veterinary nursing profession, BVNA have attended Crufts and the London Pet Show, where the team interact with the general public answering all sorts of questions; including training to become a veterinary nurse, interesting aspects of the job, the diversity of being a veterinary nurse worldwide, and general enquiries in relation to responsible and preventative pet health care.
The London Pet in the Excel Centre was attended again this year by the Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month team, the event was attended by over 24,000 people, and we handed out promotional bags with information leaflets explaining what Registered Veterinary Nurses do, how to become a veterinary nurse and also a guide to good pet care.
We spoke to hundreds of attendees and explained what veterinary nurses do, which is a great way to improve awareness, we also spoke to a surprising amount of registered veterinary nurses over the weekend too, almost 100 in total, as well as 53 Student veterinary nurses and also 36 BVNA members who were pleased to see the BVNA in attendance.
It was great to have the chance to discuss current issues and concerns with fellow veterinary nurses. We chatted to 200 keen young people who are aiming to follow their passion for a career as a veterinary nurse, which was amazing, and myself and the other RVN’s in attendance were able to advise on how to progress within the training system.
We ran a ‘Guess the X-ray’ competition – with 4 different x-rays, at just a £1 to enter with the prize of
2 tickets for either ZSL London or Whipsnade Zoo, we made almost £200 over the weekend for the BVNA Charity of the Year, the British Hen Welfare Trust.
Matthew Rendle RVN, BVNA Council Officer & VNAM Committee Chair, provided two 30 minute presentations on both days on the subjects of; Veterinary Nursing Care of Exotic Species, and Life as a Zoo Veterinary Nurse, from Ants to Elephants, which proved popular and gained much interest with questions from the audience in relation to his role as Head Nurse at London Zoo.
Thanks to Kelly Deane RVN, Donna Lewis RVN, Gemma Reeve RVN and Alison Watkins BVNA Personal Assistant for all their hard work over the weekend.
Some of our Regional Co-ordinator Team have also held full day and evening events around the UK to help raise the profile of the RVN with fundraising on the day for our Charity of the Year.
This year we held the following regional events which will be celebrating Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (click on the below dates for further details);
- 7 & 8 May | National Pet Show, London
- 21 May, 9.00 - 17.00 | Hadlow College, Kent
- 19 May, 7.00pm | Cain Veterinary Centre, Powys
You can also post any events you are organising during May via our dedicated National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month Facebook Page (see below) to help spread the word about our amazing profession.......