Student Vet Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Box Hill Institute student Jess Barker who won the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia’s (VCNA) 2016 Student Vet Nurse of the Year.

Jess Barker - Student Vet of the Year
Jess Barker – Student Vet of the Year

Jess is completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and was nominated by Our Vet’s Dr Tim Ruschena, Head Veterinarian who highlighted ‘her empathy and care of our patients is exceptional, her customer service without fault and her cleanliness borders on the obsessive’.

Jess says that she is motivated to pursue continual improvement so that her “patients are receiving the best possible care that I can provide.”

Jess’s dream job is to work with Tasmanian Devils, “they are misunderstood animals; they are just so beautiful.” As Jess originated from Tasmania, she wants to be part of the efforts to rescue the species from the effects of the devastating facial tumour disease.

The Vet Nurse of the Year national awards recognise that veterinary nurses are an integral part of a veterinary practice and acknowledge the significant contributions made by nominated nurses to patient and client care, as well as to their health care team over the last 12 months.

The Vet Nurse of the Year and Student Vet Nurse of the Year receive Full Delegate Registration to the VNCA Conference in 2017 plus flights, accommodation and transfers, as well as a gift pack filled with goodies and highly prized VNOTY trophy.