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 Loughborough Vet Nurse Crowned UK’s Finest

A Loughborough vet has been awarded the esteemed title of ‘Vet Nurse of the Year’ at a national award ceremony.

Announced last Thursday (March 23), at a black tie ceremony, hosted at the Kimpton Clock Tower in Manchester, the winners of Petplan’s Veterinary Awards were revealed by actress, comedian and dog lover, Sally Phillips.

Among the winners was Helen Rooney, who works for Loughborough’s Pet Blood Bank, in Epinal Way.

Having been awarded the title of ‘Vet Nurse of the Year’, she said: “I love what I do – I love the organisation, and as a veterinary nurse of 27 years I remember before Pet Blood Banks were set up and all the difficulties we had then when animals needed transfusions. I’ve seen the difference these products make first-hand and I don’t know where we would be without them”

Now in its 24th year, Petplan received over 30,000 nominations from veterinary practice clients and colleagues.

Presidents of prestigious veterinary associations made up the awards’ expert panel of judges, as well as 2022’s winner in the same category. The judging criteria was based on providing exceptional levels of care, outstanding expertise, going above and beyond the normal care of duty, outstanding professionalism and great interpersonal skills – all of which Helen was shown to have excelled in.

Commenting on the ceremony and winners, Petplan’s Sales and Marketing Director, Bella von Mesterhazy said:

“We enjoyed yet another fantastic celebration of outstanding veterinary professionals from across the UK last night, and as ever, it’s been incredibly difficult for the judges to whittle down 30,000 nominations to just one winner for each of the five categories.  

“All of the night’s winners are so deserving of the accolade, thanks to their true commitment to their profession, and like all those who sent in nominations, Petplan is incredibly grateful for the outstanding services provided by not only our winners, but veterinary professionals around the country.”

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