Morpeth veterinary nurse Anna Soulsby has been on a transatlantic trip to learn more tricks of her trade.
Ms Soulsby, 23, of Kirkhill, visited the 2016 North American Veterinary Community conference in the United States, along with two colleagues from Westway Veterinary Group.
The Newcastle-based practice arranged the five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando in Florida to reward the hard work of its staff during 2015.
Ms Soulsby, along with vet Abbey Taylor and receptionist Karla Edgar, won the chance to attend after having their names drawn from a hat.
After returning, the veterinary nurse said she had learned a lot from her time at the conference.
“There was a huge variety of lectures on hundreds of different topics,” she said.
“I attended talks on animal behaviour, nursing care for critically-ill patients and also separation anxiety in pets.
“We all gained so much out of it, and it was a great way to expand your knowledge and skills as part of our continual professional development.”
The annual conference attracts members of the veterinary profession from all over the world.
The US veterinary community is a non-profit organisation providing professional development and support services for vets and related workers worldwide.
Westway, which also owns the Easyvets and Value Vets chains, operates 23 surgeries, employing 35 vets across the North East, from Newcastle to Darlington, making it the region’s largest such business.