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IN the year marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the veterinary nursing qualification, the breadth of activity undertaken by veterinary nurses (VNs) was much in evidence at this year's congress of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA). The congress, which took place in Kettering from October 7 to 9, offered over 70 lectures on topics including exotics, wildlife, dermatology, dentistry, student nursing, equine nursing, and general nursing and nutrition. It also incorporated interactive workshops, a large commercial exhibition and a lively social programme.
In a stream of lectures on practice management and client communication, speakers offered advice on the ways in which VNs could get involved with the everyday running of their practice and help to promote the services it provided.
The VN's role was central to promoting the practice and its products and services, said Maggie Shilcock, a veterinary management and training consultant for Animus4vets. Not only were they veterinary professionals, and therefore respected and …