e-newsletter - November 2020

VNCA e-Newsletter – November 2020

Welcome to the November edition of the VNCA e-Newsletter.  

In this issue:
- Message from the VNCA President
- Last chance to register ... 26th VNCA Conference is going virtual!
- Are you making the most of your VNCA membership?  HR Hotline information
- Pentobarbital - regulation update
- WIRES veterinary vaccination grants: applications close 30 November


Message from the VNCA President

Final planning for our first ever virtual VNCA Conference is now being wrapped up and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you online in a few days time where, together, we can learn and network. It wouldn't be a VNCA Conference if there wasn't some fun involved so - if you haven't already done so - book your place now and let's celebrate the end of a particularly gruelling year for us all by 'bringing your future into focus'. Don't forget, if you have plans over the conference weekend you will be able to access all content 'on demand' until mid February 2021.

Of course each October we celebrate Vet Nurse Day and it was great to see so many nurses and clinics across Australia get involved and also see how our colleagues from across the globe celebrated International Vet Nurse Day. October was a very busy month here at the VNCA with lots happening across all that we do for and on behalf of members and I especially hope that all those who contribute to the VNCA - on committees, as presenters and as members - took the opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved together.  We are particularly pleased that the Division Committees - having been unable to welcome you to face-to-face meetings throughout 2020, turned their attention to providing exceptional online opportunities.  In recent months over 500 nurses joined in at least one 'live' online event and many have since caught up by purchasing 'on demand' access to some inspiring presenters delivering a wide range of webinars. 

While 2020 hasn't been the year we had all hoped for, there is still plenty of work to do to bring you a final bumper issue of AVNJ for the year and make some important announcements. And 2021 is looking fabulous as we seek to 'engage, explore and evolve' together.  If you or your colleagues are not yet financial members of the VNCA there has never been a better time - with the half year offer now available there really is no excuse to tap into great value benefits for less that it costs for a coffee each week!

Have a great month,


Last chance to register - 26th VNCA Conference 2020 is going virtual ...

Our 26th VNCA Conference - the flagship event on the VNCA's annual calendar – will indeed be historic as it is delivered 'virtually'. If you have not yet already done so, register today so that you can join in the fun and networking, as well as have access to more than 30 hours of education either live over the conference weekend, or on demand until 14 February 2021.

Don't leave it until the last minute!  Register today - click here.  

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the 26th VNCA Conference where, together, with 2020 vision we will 'bring your future into focus'.

And for those of you looking towards 2021 already, don't forget we are seeking submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as case studies for our 2021 conference - click here for more information

Are you making the most of your VNCA membership?

HR Helpdesk (Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:30pm Sydney time)

The HR Helpdesk is your direct line to quick and comprehensive advice on anything HR and WHS related. Our degree qualified advisors are well versed in workplace relations and compliance related matters specific to the veterinary nursing industry. Topics our advisors commonly provide advice on include:

  • Pay rates/remuneration advice
  • Employment contracts (reviewing, interpreting)
  • Information on leave entitlements including long service leave
  • Your rights during a workplace investigation, or performance management process
  • Assistance writing a resume/cover letter
  • Termination of employment
  • Work, Health and Safety (WHS), including bullying
  • Employee wellbeing, including mental health
  • Conflict in the workplace

The above list is by no means exhaustive. The HR Helpdesk can be reached by telephone, email or online chat.

Pentobarbital - update on regulations

Members are advised that, from 1 October 2020, pentobarbital is now classified as Schedule 4 Appendix D.  This means that it must be stored in a locked container to prevent unauthorised access.  This update applies across Australia. We encourage you to work with your team to ensure your workplace complies with these updated arrangements.

Veterinary vaccination grants

As a part of WIRES emergency preparedness program, they have established a new grant to cover the costs of vaccinations for vet clinic staff nationally, up to $50,000

This program is specifically designed to increase veterinary capacity to treat flying-foxes, as veterinary staff must be vaccinated to treat flying-foxes. Wildlife rescuers and carers rely heavily on the generosity of veterinary clinics and wildlife hospitals to triage and treat injured flying-foxes. Flying-foxes often come into care with severe injuries from entanglement and swift treatment is crucial to their survival. Applications close 30 November 2020 - click here for further information.

VNCA National Office now back in the office ...

We thank you for your patience, understanding and ongoing support during these unprecedented times.  With the easing of COVID related regulations in Victoria, we are pleased to advise that the team has now returned back to the VNCA National Office.

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