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Puppy love wins Belfast veterinary nurse Emma Addy top award

By Amanda Ferguson

Rescuing an abandoned puppy and saving two healthy cats from being put to sleep – it's all in a day's work for Emma Addy.

The Belfast woman is celebrating after winning a prestigious award for going above and beyond in her job as a veterinary nurse.

Emma is the toast of her industry after being named Northern Ireland Charity Veterinary Nurse of the Year at the seventh British Vet Nurse Association (BVNA) awards.

A dedicated staff member of the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in Belfast, she always goes the extra mile when it comes to sick and unwanted animals.

One heart-warming example of Emma's work was when she fought to save the life of an abandoned four-month-old Akita puppy discovered in a hedge, clinging to life. She spent hours on the phone with her local council and the Northern Ireland Akita Rescue organisation who agreed if he could be saved they would find him a home.

After undergoing major surgery and making a full recovery, Emma was able to find the puppy – now called Oreo – a new loving family to care for him.

Another example of Emma's work was helping save two healthy cats from being put to sleep.

She took time to talk to the owner and discovered she didn't want to put them to sleep but couldn't afford to look after them.

Emma contacted Cats Protection and arranged placement for both cats, saving the owner the guilt of putting down her pets.

Judges described Emma's nomination as "very moving'" and said she was someone "clearly dedicated to animal welfare".

Emma's colleagues agreed saying their colleague is "a massive help and support" to others and always "friendly and compassionate" to both clients and animals.

Emma wasn't the only vet nurse being applauded. Helen Gourley from Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic, Belfast, won NI Vet Nurse of the Year, Leanne McLeod from Earlswood Veterinary Hospital, Belfast, won NI Student Vet Nurse of the Year and Ciara Wilson from St Elmo Veterinary Clinic, Londonderry won NI Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year

Susie Hill of awards sponsor Hill's Pet Nutrition said: "Once again, I've been humbled by the efforts of veterinary nurses who care so passionately for their patients and animals across the community."

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Award winners:

  • Emma Addy, PDSA, Belfast, Charity Vet Nurse of the Year
  • Helen Gourley, Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic, Belfast,
  • Vet Nurse of the Year
  • Leanne McLeod, Earlswood Veterinary Hospital, Belfast, Student Vet Nurse of Year
  • Ciara Wilson, St Elmo Veterinary Clinic, Londonderry, Animal Nursing Assistant of the Year

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