Veterinary nurse Bonny Millar was one of three finalists for the prestigious Sir Colin Spedding Award 2017, which was announced at the National Equine Forum on Thursday, 2nd March 2017.
Bonny, who has been a key member of our professional nursing team at the hospital for 25 years, was surprised and delighted to find she had been nominated for the award that is named in memory of the late founding chairman of the NEF, Sir Colin Spedding.
In addition to her nursing duties at Rossdales, Bonny, who is originally from Pennsylvania and qualified as a veterinary nurse in the US, helped develop the first qualification for equine veterinary nurses in the UK and gained her own UK qualifications. She mentors nursing and veterinary students at Rossdales and has particular interests in critical care nursing, wound management and neonatology. She is a past President of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), equine nursing editor of the VNJ, an Advisor to the BVNA and volunteered on the veterinary team for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Of her nomination, Bonny said: “Equine nursing is a young profession, and I am grateful that I’m in a position to encourage and teach those starting out. As VNs we do much of our best work behind the scenes and out of sight – when I received the news of my nomination, I was exhausted, after a long weekend on duty. The call really lifted my spirits.”
You can listen to a podcast interview between Bonny and Horse Hour's Amy Stevenson at the NEF here.
Jim Green, pioneer of equine emergency rescue methodology and training was announced as the winner of the Sir Colin Spedding Award. This special commendation was given in recognition of Jim’s outstanding work to improve equine rescue skills in the UK. Bonny and side-saddle authority Maureen James were the other two nominated candidates.
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