Tributes have poured in for the late Louise O’Dwyer - “a highly experienced veterinary nurse” – who passed away on Saturday (April 5th).
She held a Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Surgical), a Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Surgical), a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical), Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) and Veterinary Technical Specialist (Anaesthesia).
Louise contributed to over 35 publications and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control, according to the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses.
“A true ambassador”
Releasing a statement on Facebook, the IVNA (Irish Veterinary Nursing Association), said: “The IVNA are deeply saddened to hear of the news of the passing of our esteemed friend and colleague Louise O’Dwyer.”
“We have had the pleasure to work with Louise over the years; she was a true ambassador for the veterinary nursing profession and an inspiration for so many people.”
She was a genuine and kind person who had so much time for people and had such passion for the sharing of knowledge, the spokesperson added.
“She will be greatly missed by all, our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam.”
Paying tribute to their President, The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) said: “Louise was a close friend to many of our membership, an amazing mentor and role model.”
“Her passion and drive has ignited many veterinary nurses and technicians to elevate their knowledge and understanding and excel in their fields.”
“A true force of nature”
Posting a statement on Facebook, yesterday (Monday, May 6th), Vets Now said: “Tonight the entire Vets Now family - past and present - are heartbroken to learn of the passing of our much-loved colleague and friend - Louise O’ Dwyer.”
“An inspirational vet nurse, Louise was a highly-respected and exceptional veterinary professional, recognised both in the UK and within the wider emergency and critical care community across the world.”
Her ability to inspire and foster talent in others came naturally to her and made her the accomplished veterinary nurse, mentor and author she was, the spokesperson added.
“Most importantly, Louise was a true force of nature. Her infectious personality lit up rooms worldwide and her style, with a nod to her idol - Dita Von Teese - was unique and special.”
“All of us at Vets Now will miss her desperately. Our thoughts are with Louise's family at this difficult time."
"Her influence and reach spans so far beyond Vets Now, but we were honoured and privileged to have her as one of our team and she will be terribly missed.”
“She was so very much loved, and in the fullness of time, we will work hard and with others to find a way to mark her immense and lasting contribution to emergency and critical care nursing.” the spokesperson concluded.
Image source: IVNA \ Facebook