The new Equine Vet Nurse Empowerment Award, introduced by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), aims to highlight the invaluable skills and versatility of equine nurses by commending any individual in the profession who is actively championing the role of the equine nurse.
“We hope the new Award will help to raise the profile of the essential role of RVNs in practice,” said BEVA President David Rendle.
“RVNs are an important asset to any equine practice; they have invested a lot of time and effort to become highly skilled but in some instances their significant attributes are not being used to the full.
“By formally recognising individuals who are actively empowering nurses to perform to their full potential and to progress within the profession, we will be able to encourage others to follow their lead.
“Ultimately this should deliver better job satisfaction for RVNs and more efficient and rewarding teamwork for the practice.”
Examples of actions that may make an individual eligible for the BEVA Vet Nurse Empowerment Award include:
- Promoting the equine veterinary nursing role in practice and to the public
- Supporting and inspiring equine veterinary nurses
- Demonstrating that nurses are integral to equine practice
- Expanding the role of the equine veterinary nurse in a practice or the wider profession
- Going above and beyond to demonstrate what nurses can bring to equine patient care
- Promoting or encouraging further training and up-skilling of equine veterinary nurses
- Using the equine veterinary nurse qualification to advance veterinary medicine or equine welfare
- Creating a professional environment where equine veterinary nurses can fulfil their potential
- Inspiring others to join the equine veterinary nurse profession
To nominate an individual for the BEVA Vet Nurse Empowerment Award visit this page.
The BVNA and BEVA Presidents will both be part of the judging panel.
Nominations close on 28 April 2023 and the winner will be announced and the Award presented at BEVA Congress on 13 September 2023.
In addition to launching a VN Committee last year to give nurses a direct voice within the association, BEVA has introduced a dedicated forum for BEVA nurse members to chat directly to each other via the BEVA Buddy app.
There will be dedicated sessions for VNs at BEVA Congress (13 to 16 September 2023) this year and a series of career-focused podcasts will be broadcast during the year.
To find out more and to book tickets to BEVA Congress visit the Congress website.
To find out more about what equine veterinary nurses can do in practice visit the BEVA website.