British Veterinary Nursing Association

October 13, 2008 03:00 ET

Vet Nurses Are Pet Professionals

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2008) - It's National Veterinary Nurse Week from 26th October to 1st November and vet nurses across the country are raising awareness of the important job they do in caring for the nation's pets. Pet owners will find it worthwhile to keep alert to the activities planned for their area. Each veterinary nurse taking part decides on an activity for the week, and that could include a sponsored dog wash or rabbit groom, or even a free nurse clinic for the day.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association is co-ordinating the various activities going on around the country and has arranged two pet health check days. Participating owners can bring their dogs for a free nurse health check and will also receive a pack containing information on pet healthcare. The events, sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, run from 10am to 3pm in Roundhay Park in Leeds on 26th October and Kensington Gardens, which is used at the kind invitation of the Royal Parks, in London on 1st November.

Bonny Millar CVT(USA), RVN, REVN is the Vice President of the BVNA and VN week organiser, "Last year hundreds of veterinary nurses took part in VN Week and we raised over Pounds Sterling 5000 for charity. This year our nominated charity is the Animal Cancer Trust so I hope pet owners really support us and help raise money for this important cause. While helping others, we also hope to make people more aware of what being a vet nurse is all about. We train for upwards of two years to qualify and many people still don't realise that we have to know how to monitor anaesthesia, carry out minor surgery and diagnostic tests (all under veterinary supervision) as well as care for sick animals. A lot of our efforts go on behind the scenes and so are sometimes not fully appreciated. It would be great to see pet owners really support us in our efforts during the last week of October."

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For more information on veterinary nursing visit www.bvna.org.uk or contact Angela Mariconda on 01279 408644.

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