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IVC veterinary nurses named as finalists in the 2017 Petplan Veterinary Awards

Not one but two IVC veterinary nurses, have been shortlisted over hundreds of other nominees for the esteemed title of Veterinary Nurse of the Year in the prestigious 2017 Petplan Veterinary Awards. 

Danielle Doughty of Peasedown Veterinary Surgery of Bath Vet Group says: “When I found out I was nominated I was literally speechless & overwhelmed.” Particularly impressive for the independent panel of judges were the specialised skills Danielle has cultivated that make her an essential asset to the team. As well as taking care of admitting and discharging patients, running a regular nursing clinic, and managing post-op recovery of patients, she is the sole nurse at the Peasedown surgery who monitors anaesthetics. 

Becky Kitchener of Berry House Vet Practice in Hitchin says: “when I received the call about being one of the finalists I was so shocked and filled with such happiness and excitement. I can't believe it; I've never had anything like this happen to me before."

Described as an indispensable member of the team at Berry House, Becky’s time is devoted to tireless patient care. No task is too small as she takes on the painstaking work of prepping patients for surgery and assisting on major operations, to holding essential nurse clinics where she administers flea and worm treatments or even provides emotional support to clients whose pets have passed away. Becky also supports the vet with emergency care, making those crucial but rapid decisions about the degree of urgency of each case. The independent panel of judges are said to have been particularly impressed with Becky’s exceptional personal commitment to the welfare of animals, frequently going above and beyond the call of duty.

The awards, now in their 18th year, celebrate the nation’s most outstanding vets, vet nurses, practices, practice managers and support staff who have been nominated by their colleagues and clients for continually going that extra mile, keeping pets healthy and giving owners peace of mind. 

Isabella von Mesterhazy, Head of Marketing at Petplan, comments: “Visiting the vets can be a stressful experience for anxious owners but when local staff are as committed and attentive as these finalists, owners are reassured that their pets are in safe hands. The annual Petplan Veterinary Awards allow us to honour the remarkable work carried out by some of the best and brightest veterinary professionals in the country. We’re delighted to be celebrating these exceptional individuals and teams at the grand ceremony on 6th April 2017.”

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Birmingham on 6th April 2017. For further information on the awards and to follow the finalists’ progress visit www.petplan.co.uk/vetawards/

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