Care for burned cat puts surgery in line for recognition
ROBBIE, the miracle moggy burned in a sofa fire, could soon be adding another award to his collection — albeit indirectly. The cat was cared for at Broadway vets in Sea Street, Herne Bay after he was rescued by the RSPCA and won the hearts of animal lovers far and wide with his story of survival. Now the practice, and vet Sarah Platt, have been nominated for an award for their dedication in nursing him back to health.
Staff at the practice donated their time for free and also persuaded suppliers to offer their support. Sarah said:
“We were delighted to hear we were nominated, and I think a lot of it is to do with Robbie. All the work we did was very much a team effort. It was the quality of nursing care that he received that helped him to recover so well. He is very popular with all the staff and every single person had a role to play in looking after him, from changing his dressings and giving him medication to giving him cuddles and attention.”
Robbie, now happy with his new owner, has already won the PDSA pet survivor of the year award after his amazing recovery from horrific burns. His treatment included skin grafts, amputation of one of his legs, and he also lost several toes. Young supporter Nathan Williams was named RSPCA young animal hero of the year for his efforts raising money to help pay Robbie’s medical bills. Sarah is nominated for vet of the year in the Petplan awards, known as the Oscars of the veterinary world. The practice is also nominated for practice of the year. A spokesman for Petplan said the awards recognised veterinary staff who went above and beyond the call of duty. Other categories include vet nurse of the year, vet support staff of the year practice manager of the year and insurance advisor of the year. Last year, there were 11,000 nominations. Finalists will be announced at the end of February and the awards ceremony will be held in Birmingham on April 14.
Herne Bay Times, January 30th 2014