Car­ing touch puts Leasa in run­ning for vet award

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

A DE­LIGHTED vet­eri­nary nurse has been nom­i­nated for a top award. Leasa Neame, 25, a for­mer stu­dent at Brock­hill Park school in Hythe has been put for­ward for the ti­tle of Vet Nurse of the Year, in the na­tional Pet­Plan Vet­eri­nary awards. Leasa, who is head vet­eri­nary nurse at Burn­ham House Vet­eri­nary Surgery in Dover, said: “I am de­lighted and it is a lovely feel­ing to know that I have been nom­i­nated by clients of the prac­tice.” She runs nurs­ing clin­ics, cov­er­ing ses­sions on den­tal is­sues, weight loss, geri­atric and di­a­betic pet care and phys­io­ther­apy. Vet Jeremy Stat­ters­field added: “Run­ning the nurses’ clin­ics means Leasa re­ally gets to know her pa­tients and their own­ers, par­tic­u­larly if a pet has had ma­jor surgery and may need weeks of phys­io­ther­apy.” In March 2004 she gained top hon­ours in her vet­eri­nary nurs­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions af­ter four years of train­ing. She was first on the stage dur­ing a cer­e­mony hosted by the Royal Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Sur­geons, as the only nurse to gain credit for out­stand­ing achieve­ment in all sec­tions of her NVQ level three qual­i­fi­ca­tion. At the be­gin­ning of 2007 she was one of only a hand­ful of vet­eri­nary nurses to gain a City and Guilds cer­tifi­cate in nurs­ing ex­otic species. Leasa qual­i­fied from Berk­shire Agri­cul­tural Col­lege and joined Burn­ham House as a 19-yearold trainee in 2000.

Leasa Neame with an Ama­zon par­rot

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