Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, or VNAM for short, was originally started by BVNA in 2005 as National VN Day campaign, and now, since 2012, the campaign takes place throughout the month of May every year. The purpose of VNAM is to spread the word to the veterinary profession and pet owners, about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice, and the provision of responsible pet care to the general public.

Each year, we see an increase of veterinary nurses getting involved and promoting the role of the veterinary nurse. Last year, in May 2020, VNAM was different due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but it didn’t stop the community of veterinary nurses coming out and joining in the campaign! Take a look here at last year’s success infographic. You can also find the winners for 2020 here.

This year, the theme of VNAM is sustainability, with the tagline; “I’m a veterinary nurse, and I’m human too!” Each week, the campaign will focus on the 4 different pillars of sustainability (human, economic, environment and social). You can keep up to date with what’s happening on the dedicated BVNA VNAM Facebook page.

VIEW OUR #VNAM2021 COMPETITION WINNERS AND RUNNER UPS HERE.

DOWNLOAD OUR VNAM 2021 SOCIAL MEDIA VISUAL AIDS HERE.

There are 4 competitions for Veterinary Nurses to get involved in this year, with a 5th competition for Pet Owners;

Category A | Veterinary Nurse Recipe Poster – Design a digital poster showing the “ingredients” and “recipe” needed to make a Veterinary Nurse.

Please email your poster to bvna@bvna.co.uk and don’t forget to post it on your own social media pages too, with the appropriate hashtags; #planetRVN, #VNAM2021 and #whatVNsdo. You must include our partner logos and the hashtags on your poster. Download our partner logos here. Read our top tips for designing a poster here. Please read the competition rules above before entering.

Category B | Virtual Bake Off – Organise a themed virtual bake off with colleagues and clients.

We love cake and baking, and we also love seeing people having a go. During lockdown, baking has become almost therapeutic. Why not organise your own virtual bake off and share your images with us! Please email your images and event evidence to us at bvna@bvna.co.uk and don’t forget to post it on your own social media pages too, with the appropriate hashtags; #planetRVN, #VNAM2021 and #whatVNsdo. Please read the competition rules above before entering.

Category C | Recruitment Poster – Design a digital poster to encourage individuals to join the Veterinary Nursing profession.

Please email your poster to bvna@bvna.co.uk and don’t forget to post it on your own social media pages too, with the appropriate hashtags; #planetRVN, #VNAM2021 and #whatVNsdo. You must include our partner logos and the hashtags on your poster. Download our partner logos here. Read our top tips for designing a poster here. Please read the competition rules above before entering.

Kindly sponsored by JHP Recruitment.

Category D | Virtual Event – Organise a virtual event in practice with colleagues and clients.

Be creative with your choice of virtual event! Examples include a quiz night, CPD event, awards ceremony, escape room. Please email your event evidence to us at bvna@bvna.co.uk and don’t forget to post it on your own social media pages too, with the appropriate hashtags; #planetRVN, #VNAM2021 and #whatVNsdo. Please read the competition rules above before entering.

Category E for Pet Owners | Take a picture of your pet and complete the sentence “I love my Veterinary Nurse because…..”

We are asking pet owners to send their photo and quote to us at bvna@bvna.co.uk, and also post on their own social media pages too, with the appropriate hashtags; #planetRVN, #VNAM2021 and #whatVNsdo. Please read the competition rules above before entering. We ask you to let your clients know about this category.

Each competition has two runners up and a winner. Both runners up will receive a £25.00 Love2Shop voucher, and there is a £50.00 Love2Shop voucher for each winner!

With thanks to our amazing partners of VNAM 2021;