As Nurse Development Manager for IVC, I firmly believe that veterinary nursing is a continually developing role and I’m fully committed to supporting continuous career progression. Following my own graduation from Edinburgh Napier University, my clinical experience was attained predominantly within veterinary charities, where I had the opportunity to fully utilise my nursing skills within busy demanding environments. I subsequently had the opportunity to lead an emergency team for a large charity hospital in central London where I also gained my certificate of veterinary nursing in emergency and critical care. Nursing patients throughout some of the most critical stages of their life highlighted the need for the most current knowledge and approaches to nursing care. This drove my interest in continuous professional development and led to my involvement with the BVNA as a regional co-ordinator to support them with the delivery of their CPD programme. Working for charity hospitals also provided me with an appreciation for the importance of preventative health care and promotion of pet wellbeing. I consequently continued my journey as a PDSA community and education veterinary nurse for Scotland and the North of England. Communicating with members of the public about the needs of their pets gave me real insight into the importance of client care, achieving compliance and the impact of this upon patient health.
I remained within education and spent time as a lecturer, teaching across a range of programmes before joining the Vets Now training team as a learning manager, where I designed and managed the induction programme for all clinical employees within the business.
My involvement with the nurse committee allows me to gain further knowledge, input and support to ensure that veterinary nursing remains a fundamental and valued profession within the group.