2016 VNAM Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 VNAM Competition

Matthew Rendle RVN, VNAM Committee Chair and BVNA Council Member reports on this year’s prize winners………

'The standard of entries this year was higher than ever with the level of initiative and effort involved being outstanding. All of the nurses involved have gone above and beyond the measures to ensure our message gets out to the general public about our role within the veterinary profession, whilst at the same time demonstrating a very high level of knowledge and professionalism. Thank you to everyone who took part and got involved’.

Category A | Best Display ‘Showing the role of the Veterinary Nurse’

Winner (£100 Amazon vouchers) | Stanhope Park Veterinary Hopsital of Darlington 

Runner-up (£50 Amazon vouchers) | Albert Cottage  Vet Clinic of Saltash

Category B | Best Event ‘Promoting the role of the RVN’

Winner (£200 Amazon vouchers) | Clent Hills Veterinary Group of Bromsgrove

On Tuesday 10 May at 7.00pm Emma Maidment and the all the team at Clent Hills hosted a careers evening. Preparations for the event began in April when the team contacted all the local senior schools in the area inviting pupils from years 9 and 10 so they could find out more about a career in veterinary nursing. The teams efforts paid off with an excellent response which saw many students and parents in attendance.

Refreshments were provided for all upon arrival and every student was provided with an information pack which contained college details, work experience forms and more! 

A presentation on how to become a veterinary nurse and the role of the RVN within practice was delivered by Emily and a copy of the presentation was emailed to all in attendance.

Leah and Sophie gave a brief overview on their experience whilst training, and Emma described the contents of the NPL and how she completed it.

Following the presentation the students and parents were given a tour of the practice which included a different nurse present in each room to answer any questions. 

All of the nurses at the practice took part to make the evening a great success and inspire the students to consider a career in veterinary nursing. The practice have since received a lot of positive feedback from parents and students who attended.

In addition to the above Head Nurse, Emma Maidment RVN and student nurse Emma Hill attended a local careers event on 17 May at Woodrush High School promoting a career in veterinary profession. 


Runner-up £100 Amazon vouchers) | House & Jackson of Blackmore

Zoe Cross, Michelle Wilson and the nursing team organised a Charity Quiz Night at their local village hall in Essex on Friday 20 May with all proceeds being donated to The British Hen Welfare Trust, the BVNA Charity of the Year.

A fish and chip supper was provided and at only £10 per ticket the event was a sell out with almost 100 people attending making up a total of 11 teams! There were 10 rounds of questions including 2 bonus rounds and 8 general knowledge; the general knowledge rounds included subjects such as music, chickens and sports!

During half time after everyone had enjoyed their supper and raffle tickets had been bought, Jean Gill from the British Hen Welfare Trust gave a very informative presentation on the work of the Trust and hen husbandry. 

Overall a massive profit of £650 was made from both the charity raffle and the ticket sales. 

Category C | Best Pet Selfie

Winner (£50 Amazon vouchers) | Yorkshire Vets of Thornbury

The nursing team with little Tess! 

Runner-up (£25 Amazon vouchers) | Companion Care, Worcester

The nursing team with Doug the Pug!