Date: 20/10/16

Vet Nurse of the Year 2016 Winner

Vet Nurses Day was on Friday the 14th of October and is an initiative of the Victorian Nurses Council of Australia to raise awareness of the importance of veterinary nurses to both the public and to the veterinary industry. It is a day to celebrate and recognise the contributions of veterinary nurses to the Australian veterinary team, and to pets and animals nationwide.

Here at Petplan, we appreciate the hard work that vet nurses do for all animals across the world, so we created a competition to celebrate a very special vet nurse in Australia. This competition showcases how vet nurses go above and beyond when looking after your pet, the extras they do at the veterinary clinic, or the special care they take when treating all types of animals.

With many entrants from across the nation, this year's Petplan Vet Nurse of the Year winner is awarded to Emma Tietjen from Frankston Heights Veterinary Clinic. Emma was submitted into the competition by both her employer and the Dogs for Kids with Disabilities charity who the clinic does much needed work for, which shows the true character of Emma as she is a much deserving winner.

"As Emma's employer, I cannot commend her more highly. She is calm and gentle, skilled and knowledgeable and always seeks to learn more. She regularly puts the needs of her patients and the veterinary team before her own. In recent months she has taken her own time to help a valued client with her elderly dog's rehabilitation and recently assisted through the night with a whelping, seeking no payment as the owner was one of the charities we support. She fosters an assistance dog in training for the charity Dogs for Kids with Disabilities as well as working full time. Emma is also fun, inclusive and not bad for a Kiwi!

- Lucy White"

"Emma is not only a very special vet nurse she is also a very special person! Dogs for Kids with Disabilities raises and trains assistance dogs and companion dogs for children with disabilities. Emma cares for many of our dogs throughout their routine operations however she also goes above and beyond the call of duty - most recently when Blackie one of our mums became really sick really fast with mastitis. Emma volunteered to spend the night at our volunteers house with Blackie so that she could be near her puppies whilst still receiving critical veterinary treatment. Both Emma and the clinic had Blackie's best interest at heart and we are forever grateful. On another note, Emma has also spent the last few years welcoming our dogs in training into her home - she provides them with love, and socialises them with kids while they complete their formal training to help a child with a disability.

- Dogs for Kids with Disabilities"

From the entire Petplan team, it was a pleasure to meet you Emma and you were a well deserving winner!

Congratulations Emma!

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