Members of the Affiliation of Zoo and Unique Veterinary Nurses (AZEVN) had been celebrating after internet hosting “the perfect convention but” and placing the highlight on probably the most uncommon sufferers to current in follow.
Now in its third yr, the occasion noticed greater than 75 RVNs and SVNs flock to West Midland Safari Park to take pleasure in a various number of lectures – from a king cobra oncology case introduced by way of Skype by Eva Smoot, a licensed veterinary technician from Denver Zoo within the US, to the challenges of caring for feather-plucking parrots by Neil Homer-Forbes from the Vulture Alliance.
In the meantime, head nurse at ZSL London Zoo Sophie Sparrow gave the convention a world flavour when she spoke of her area work in Vietnam coping with wound administration within the critically endangered Sunda pangolins.
The subject of mindfulness for veterinary professionals was lined in a keynote speech by Mark O’Bryne, Hill’s veterinary affairs supervisor, whereas delegates additionally had the possibility to get fingers on with a collection moist lab classes on rabbit intubation hosted by Jo Hinde from LagoLearn, and one other on reptile anatomy and physiology.
This yr noticed sponsors Vetronics, Pinmoore Animal Laboratory Providers, Safe4 and Ace Veterinary Provides every pay for one delegate to attend the occasion by way of a golden ticket initiative, whereby the AZEVN committee reviewed all functions and chosen 4 recipients.
RVN and AZEVN chairman Matthew Rendle mentioned: “I feel the occasion was our greatest but. The golden ticket initiative was implausible and it was a proud second to see 4 well-deserving VNs attend because of the scheme.
“The AZEVN is run by veterinary nurses, for veterinary nurses, and the convention affords these throughout the occupation united by a want to enhance the welfare and veterinary care of those fascinating animals to come back collectively and share their information and fervour.
“We’re going by way of an unprecedented interval of optimistic change in veterinary nursing and, as a occupation, we have to interact and embrace this chance.
“The AZEVN was born from a ardour to share details about nursing zoo, unique and wildlife species, and exhibit professionalism and organisational abilities always.”