Everyone here at Vets4Pets is still on cloud nine, after one of our colleagues was recognised at the 2016 Petplan Veterinary Awards.
Helen Russell, our head nurse and practice owner, was named Veterinary Nurse of the Year at the ceremony.
Helen was shocked and delighted to win the award, and was cheered on by colleagues, the Vets4Pets Support Office and veterinary professionals.
The awards celebrate the nation’s most exceptional vets, vet nurses, practices, practice managers and vet support colleagues who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in keeping pets healthy and giving owners peace of mind.
Helen has been head nurse at Vets4Pets Woking for the last two years and became head nurse and owner of Vets4Pets Byfleet in March 2016. Helen has also worked as a veterinary nurse for 18 years, including a stint in Dubai.
She said: “I'm totally shell-shocked to have won. I'm just really surprised and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who nominated me.
“I've only ever wanted to be a veterinary nurse, so to win this national award is just brilliant; I still feel stunned now.
“I love my job and every day I go in with a smile on my face. The team at Woking is brilliant and we all work together to help every pet that comes to see us.
“I have an affinity with pets and this award is something I'm so proud of receiving.”
Sally Hopson, CEO of the Pets at Home Vet Group, said: “The independent panel of judges were not only impressed by Helen’s dedication to veterinary nursing and her great compassion, but also the level to which Helen is respected within her practice.
“She initiates great ideas, inspires others in the team to reach their full potential, and is committed to their on-going personal development.”
“Helen epitomise the ethos of colleagues across the group, going above and beyond the call of duty in keeping pets healthy and giving owners peace of mind.”
Isabella von Mesterhazy, head of marketing at Petplan, said: “Through the annual Petplan Veterinary Awards we’re able to pay tribute to the incredible work carried out by members of the veterinary profession across the UK.
“Their dedication allows pet owners to rest safe in the knowledge that, whether it’s for a routine check-up, an unexpected illness or injury or a simple procedure, their much-loved pets are in safe hands when they visit their vets.
“We congratulate Helen on such a fantastic achievement.”