Chloe Mackintosh has been named ‘Vet Nurse of the Year 2020’ by Blue Cross pet charity. Chloe is a veterinary nurse at RSPCA in Harmsworth, North London and was nominated for her passion and commitment to animal welfare.
In addition to her full-time job she also finds time to write a blog, ‘The Charity Vet Nurse’, which she uses to highlight many clinical and ethical issues of working for a charity, to raise awareness of the profession and encourage other vet nurses to consider a career in charity.
She also helps with fundraising activities including an appeal for funds for waterproof bedding and a new oxygen tent for the hospital . She also ran an appeal for donations and funds to help the animal victims of the Australian Bush Fires, and sent 40 boxes of donations to Australia, as well as raising over 1000 Australian dollars.
David Catlow, Director of Veterinary Clinical Services at Blue Cross said: “We are delighted to recognise the dedication and hard work Chloe puts into both her job and wider animal welfare. The Vet Nurse of the Year Award is to showcase those vet nurses who go above and beyond and Chloe certainly meets this criteria. In what has been a really challenging year for all vet nurses across the UK, we congratulate Chloe on her much deserved award.”
Chloe was presented with her award during the British Veterinary Nurse Association (BVNA) online ‘This Is Us’ event on Saturday 10 October during a virtual awards ceremony in the evening.
Chloe said: “I was shocked to find out I had been nominated, and absolutely taken aback to find out in the same phone call I had won! It’s such an honour to win something of this stature as the Blue Cross is a charity I admire immensely. My passion and niche is charity work and I really mean it when I say this has made my year.”
Blue Cross does not receive any government funding and relies on donations to continue its valuable work. To make a donation, find out more about the charity and pets needing new homes visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
Watch Blue Cross vet teams in action on Inside Animal A&E on ITV1 at 8pm every Monday.