Kirsty Cavill, Head Vet Nurse at The Vet Connection Leatherhead has been named ‘Vet Nurse of the Year 2022’ by Blue Cross pet charity. The award recognises her work as an advocate for senior patients and animals suffering from chronic pain.
Kirsty is also a volunteer veterinary nurse advisor with Canine Arthritis Management (CAM), as well as a volunteer Veterinary Street Nurse team lead and committee member, working to provide homeless pet owners with free veterinary care and support.
Specialising in the management of senior dogs and musculoskeletal health, she helps homeless people’s pets with mobility related issues by arranging and attending regular outreach sessions with her StreetVet colleagues in Plymouth.
Paul Manktelow, Director of Veterinary Clinical Services at Blue Cross, said, “Kirsty has fully embraced the opportunity, potential and diversity that’s possible within a veterinary nurse career. She continually demonstrates passion for animal welfare, for giving back to society and inspiring others in the profession. She truly deserves this award and is an inspiration to us all.”
She was presented with her award during the British Veterinary Nurse Association (BVNA) Congress in Telford on Saturday 8 October. Kirsty said, “I was extremely surprised and truly humbled to have been given this prestigious award. Being entrusted to care for an owner’s beloved pet and helping to facilitate the human – animal bond is a privilege, which I never take for granted. To be recognised by the Blue Cross in this way, is an absolute honour.”
Commenting on the award, StreetVet said, “We are so pleased for her and treasure her contribution to the patients in our care and just wanted to say a public ‘well done’ from all her Plymouth and StreetVet colleagues!”