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The search is on to find top UK veterinary nurse

Blue Cross pet charity is looking for the UK‘s 'Veterinary Nurse of the year 2017' and is calling on pet owners to help. The award recognises the dedication of the country’s vet nurses and their invaluable support to their veterinary teams, the nation’s pets and their owners. The award recognises vet nurses who not only care for sick and injured pets but also encourage responsible pet ownership and improve pet welfare in their community. 

This year the awards will be presented at the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Annual Congress which takes place from 6-8 October at Telford International Centre in Shropshire.

Last year's Veterinary Nurse award was presented to Samantha Shand of Lincolnshire It was the second time Samantha won the award, first scooping the title in 2012. Samantha, a vet nurse at Quarrington Veterinary Surgery in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, has been nominated for her contribution “above and beyond her role, both for her commitments to charitable work and education”. 

David Catlow, Blue Cross Director of Veterinary Clinical Services said: “Blue Cross gives this annual award to recognise the commitment of vet nurses across the UK who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our pets. We are looking for vet nurses who really go that extra mile to support pet owners and have a significant impact on animal welfare in their region”. 

If you know a vet nurse who you believe has gone the extra mile for your pet or you believe they have made a significant contribution to animal welfare, complete the nomination form on the Blue Cross website at The deadline for nominations is Friday 8 September 2017. 

As a charity, Blue Cross relies on the generous support of animal lovers to continue its vital work caring for pets. For more information, to see pets looking for a new home or to make a donation visit


Notes to Editors 

•    Image of Samantha Shand receiving her award is available, please contact the media office. Image shows left to right: David Catlow Blue Cross Head of Veterinary Clinical Services, Samantha Shand and BVNA President Samantha Morgan
•    Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
•    Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
•    Blue Cross actively campaigns to improve all aspects of animal welfare, working with the government, schools and others to improve the lives of pets and their owners. For more information, please visit 

Media contact

Louise Lee, 020 7932 4066 or [email protected]
Blue Cross press office, 0300 777 1950 or [email protected]