The Veterinary Nursing Golden Jubilee Award

The VN Golden Jubilee Award was introduced in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first veterinary nurse training course.

Liz Cox and Louise O'Dwayer RCVS Day 2016The Award is aimed at veterinary nurses who have had a sustained and distinguished career, who can demonstrate a leadership role within the profession and who can act as an ambassador for the value of veterinary nurses and their work.

Nominees must be RVNs (excluding current VN Council members) but nominators can be RVNs or MRCVS, also excluding current RCVS Council and VN Council members.

 

How to nominate

Using our online webforms

This year we have introduced new online forms for each of the awards that allows nominators to complete applications via our website. The two supporters’ statements should be attached to the webform as separate word documents.

Please note that the webforms do not currently allow the user to save their form and return to it later. We recommend that you write out your answers into a Word document that you can save, and then copy and paste your answers into our webform to avoid losing your work.

 

Download a nomination form

Alternatively, you can download a nomination form for the VN Golden Jubilee Award from the 'Related documents' section, at the end of this page.

Once completed you can then either email it to Peris Dean, RCVS Executive Assistant, on p.dean@rcvs.org.uk or send it by post to Peris Dean, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 62 – 64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF.

Please ensure that you email or post two additional supporting statements from the nomination’s two supports. At least one of these must be someone who is not a close working colleague of the person nominated, to demonstrate breadth of support. The supporting statements should be no longer than 250 words and should include:

  • The name of the nominee
  • The award or honour for which they are being proposed
  • Supporter’s job title
  • Relationship to the nominee
  • Information about why the supporter believes the nominee should receive the VN Golden Jubilee Award
  • Date

 

Previous award recipients

2017: Kathy Kissick RVN for her contribution to veterinary education as former Head of Veterinary Nursing and Myerscough College and her championing of the profession as Chair of VN Council.

2016: Louise O’Dwyer RVN for her leadership role in the profession as a clinical director for a veterinary group, her advocacy on behalf on the profession and her research work into antimicrobial resistance.

2015: Dot Creighton RVN for her pioneering awareness raising on behalf of the profession as a President of the British Veterinary Nursing Association including founding what would become VN Awareness Month.

2014: Hayley Myfanwy Walters RVN for her clinical, education and international outreach work as an Anaesthesia and Welfare Veterinary Nurse at the University of Edinburgh Hospital for Small Animals and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.