Blue Cross has begun its annual search for the UK’s ‘Veterinary Nurse of the year’ and is calling on pet owners and veterinary practices to put forward their star vet nurses. The charity’s award recognises the dedication of the country’s vet nurses and their invaluable support to their veterinary teams, the nation’s pets and pet owners. The award is given to a vet nurse who not only cares for sick and injured pets but also goes the extra mile to encourage responsible pet ownership and improve pet welfare in their community.

The awards will be presented at the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Annual Congress which takes place from 11 – 13 October at Telford International Centre in Shropshire.

Last year’s Veterinary Nurse award was presented to Tyrina Gibson from Newcastle who was described as “inspirational – a champion for animals with extensive knowledge and incredible commitment." 

(Photo left to right; David Catlow, Blue Cross Director of Veterinary Clinical Services with 2018 winner Tyrina Gibson and BVNA President, Wendy Nevins)

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

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 6 September 2019.

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

VOL 34 • August 2019 • Veterinary Nursing Journal