On Saturday 1st June 2024, the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) launches nominations for its annual awards; inviting its members and the VN profession to recognise individuals who have inspired and supported others. Finalists will be invited to attend a prizegiving at the Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony during BVNA Congress, Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October 2024.

All categories are now open for nominations, and will be open until Wednesday 31st July 2024. This year’s award categories are:

Open to BVNA members and non-members:

VNJ Writer of the Year Award 

This award is for articles which have encouraged discussions, or positive change, or improved clinical standards in practice. Whose article has inspired you? 

Articles to have been published in the VNJ between September 2023 and July 2024.


Open to BVNA members only:

RVN Champion of the Year

To recognise the veterinary nurse who has gone out of their way to raise awareness of the RVN role. They will have ensured that colleagues and clients understand the needs for protecting the title, legislative reform and what veterinary nurses actually do.

RVN Mentor of the Year

To recognise the RVN who has made a real difference to a colleague in their development, by supporting them and enabling them to individually progress as a veterinary nurse – whether in a leadership role, an area of clinical practice, or a role outside of clinical practice.

Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year

To recognise the SVN who has not only undertaken their training, but has contributed to raising awareness of the RVN role, or has been supportive to other students throughout their studying.


Three finalists from each category will be invited to attend BVNA Congress on Saturday 12th October 2024, and attend the evening Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony.

Find out how to nominate and read the terms and conditions on the BVNA website here: https://bvna.org.uk/bvna-awards-2024/

BVNA President, Lyndsay Hughes says:

“We are incredibly excited to announce this year’s four award categories, and our annual Awards Ceremony at BVNA Congress is a real highlight for all at BVNA. It provides a fantastic opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the inspiring work that individuals do, and the impact our members have on the wider profession. Simply being put forwards for an award also provides a real sense of recognition to all of our nominees.

Our VNJ Writer of the Year Award makes a return for 2024, while we welcome nominations for three new awards. These new categories reflect this year’s current theme of ‘Progression’; recognising and celebrating those who have enabled others to progress, whether they are a student or registered veterinary nurse.

Please take five minutes of your time to look at the categories, and nominate an RVN or SVN who you feel deserves to be recognised. We look forward to reading about all the inspiring individuals who are nominated this year!”