A Nottingham veterinary nurse could be in line for a prestigious award for her work helping to improve the health and welfare of animals.
Kylie Bradshaw, who works at Byron Vets Surgery, part of Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital, has been shortlisted as one of the three finalists for Vet Nurse of the Year in the CEVA Animal Welfare Awards.
The awards, which will be held online on Friday 26th March, celebrate the achievements of remarkable people who dedicate their lives, and go above and beyond, to improve animal health and welfare both in the UK and abroad.
Kylie has been shortlisted because of her work at Byron Vets, where she has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse for more than 10 years. During her time at the practice she has completed extra qualifications that have helped to improve the standard of care of poorly pets.
She recently achieved the Improve International Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia extra qualification.
Byron Vets veterinary surgeon Claudine Losowski, who nominated Kylie for the award, said: “Through studying for the qualification, she has improved the standard of care in the practice, and changed the pre-medication and monitoring protocols under general anaesthetic.
“She championed the purchase of a multi-parameter monitoring, which plays an invaluable role as we can quickly address any issues that arise during surgery. Kylie is lead nurse at Byron and is a vital member of the team.
“Apart from clinical work, she is also in charge of the stock control and the lab machines and is our go-to nurse if we ever need anything sorted as she is so reliable. She takes stray cats brought to the practice home with her while we are sorting out permanent homes for them so they don’t have to stay in the clinic all the time. She is someone who always goes above and beyond.”
After leaving school, Kylie studied for a National Diploma in Animal Management at Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst campus. She then joined the veterinary industry as a student veterinary nurse in 2007 and qualified in 2010.
She owns two cats, Nala and Izzy, who were both rescues.
Kylie said: “Achieving the Improve International Nurses Certificate in Anaesthesia has helped the welfare and care of patients in the practice. It has boosted my skills and given me additional confidence in my work.”
The CEVA Animal Welfare Awards were postponed last year due to Covid and will be held virtually this year. The prestigious awards are open to farmers, vets, vet nurses, animal welfare professionals and teams who can be nominated by peers, friends and family.