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College announces winners of Innovation Symposium social media competition

30 August 2017

We are pleased to announce the ten winners of the social media competition to find veterinary surgeon and veterinary nurse innovators. 

The competition, which ran from 21 July to 21 August, asked veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to post pictures of their innovative work on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #VetInnovator or #VNInnovator.

The winners will be provided with free entry to our inaugural Innovation Symposium, to be held at The Shard on Wednesday 20 September. Inspired by the Vet Futures research initiative, it is an invitation-only event that will bring together thought-leaders from the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions and those involved in innovative veterinary technologies or business models.

The winners are:

  • Jane Davidson, PlanetRVN, Social Media, veterinary nurse
  • Dr Mary Fraser, Guide Dogs for the Blind Veterinary Training, Education Innovation, veterinary surgeon
  • Jo Hinde and Dr Ivan Crotaz, LagoLearn, Education Innovation, veterinary nurse and veterinary surgeon (respectively)
  • Georgie Hollis, Veterinary Wound Library, Education/Digital Innovation
  • Alison Lambert, OnSwitch, Digital Innovation, veterinary surgeon
  • Jill Macdonald, OnCore CPD, Education/Digital Innovation, veterinary nurse
  • Dr Liz Mossop and Dr Martin Whiting, VetFinals, Education Innovation/Social Media, veterinary surgeons
  • Dr Laura Playforth, VetsNow, Process Innovation, veterinary surgeon
  • Kyriakos Spanoudes, NUI Galway, Regenerative Medicine
  • Prof John Williams, VetsNow, Process Innovation, veterinary surgeon

RCVS Vice-President Chris Tufnell, who helped to judge the entries, said: “Thank you to those who got in touch with us with their fantastic innovations such as the use of Twitter to help vet students revise for their exams, the development of innovative education materials and programmes, and process innovations that improve communications between team members and improve patient safety.

“The ten successful entries will receive tickets to our Innovation Symposium on the 20th September in the Shard and will be invited to display their ideas via posters in the break out areas. The diversity of the entries continues to demonstrate the innovative nature in which vets and vet nurses approach the essential role they play in ensuring animal welfare.”