A Newcastle animal devotee has been named ‘Veterinary Nurse of the Year’ by pet charity Blue Cross.

Tyrina Gibson, who has worked at the PDSA for almost four years in Newcastle, has been dedicated to helping pets for her whole life.

She has been described by the people who nominated her as inspirational – a champion for animals with extensive knowledge and incredible commitment.

Starting out as a child keen to care for all the local stray pets and insects she could find, Tyrina’s home is still a sanctuary for animals that need a little extra care, and she is also the head nurse of The Wildlife Retreat department at Hilltop Farm Animal Sanctuary.

To top it off, Tyrina also rears kittens for Cats Protection as well, particularly during their busy summer months.

Tyrina was presented with her award by David Catlow, the Clinical Director at Blue Cross on Friday 12 October at BVNA Congress in Telford along with BVNA President, Wendy Nevins.

David Catlow said: “Tyrina is held up as an inspiration for her tireless passion for helping pets, and she’s clearly highly regarded by her peers and her clients. When she’s not at the practice, she’s filling her spare time with looking after animals. Tyrina is a very deserving winner of this year’s award.”

Tyrina said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked to win the award. It’s an amazing feeling and I really feel honoured. It means so much to me to get this recognition from my peers, simply for doing something that is my passion in life.”

Blue Cross does not receive any government funding and relies on donations to continue its valuable work. To find out more about the charity and pet needing new homes, visit www.bluecross.org.uk.

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