A VETERINARY nurse with a practice in Solihull is hoping to scoop a top prize in recognition of her caring work towards animals at a glittering national awards ceremony in Birmingham next month.
Rachel Smith, 29, of Birmingham, has worked at the 608 Veterinary Group in Warwick Road for the past 11 years and is a finalist in the Vet Nurse of the Year category in a competition run by animal insurance company Petplan.
The company is on the lookout for the country’s top professionals in the field of animal care.
An estimated 2,300 applications were received for all four categories in the contest, which also includes Vet of the Year, Vet Receptionist of the Year and Vet Practice of the Year.
Miss Smith was nominated by her friend and work colleague, Leigh Fisher. She was selected from a pool of 280 entrants for her dedication to the professional development of her team and as an inspiration to others through her commitment to nursing.
Rachel said: “I have never done anything like this before. It was a bit of a shock to find out I had been nominated, but it is very exciting and such an honour to be one of three people shorlisted for it.”
“Ever since I was young I have loved animals and always wanted to be a vet nurse and my dream job is what I do working at the 608 Veterinary Group, with the dogs, cats, pigs, horses, sheep and other animals that I tend to.”
Simon Wheeler, Petplan’s head of marketing, said: “This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Veterinary Awards which were launched so pet owners could thank their practice for the tireless and wonderful work they carry out.
“We are delighted that these ‘Vet Oscars’ are still going strong. This year the quality and standard will really challenge the skills of our esteemed judging panel.”
The black tie and ballgown event is at the Burlington Hotel on April 2 and the results are announced later that evening.