Julie qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1987 after spending her training years in small animal practice in the West Midlands. She quickly progressed to a head nurse position where she became responsible for training student nurses.
Julie’s enthusiasm for encouraging and supporting student training lead her to take a teaching position with a private training provider where she gained considerable knowledge and experience of the UK educational systems and processes. Since leaving full time practice in 2000 she has kept her clinical skills up to date in veterinary practice.
Julie’s position with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has been varied – she started as an external verifier, quality assuring student veterinary nurse training programmes, and progressed through the ranks to become the Director of the Veterinary Nursing Department.
Julie is responsible for nine members of staff who work to support the Veterinary Nurse Council in the College’s regulatory remit. Specifically, she manages and co-ordinates regulatory functions relating to the Register of veterinary nurses and post qualification veterinary nursing awards.
Julie is Chair of the Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nurse Education (ACOVENE) and a Board member of the Veterinary European Transnational Network for Nursing Education and Training (Vetnnet) and has, over the past ten years been involved with several Leonardo da Vinci European funded projects developing veterinary nurse training across the European Union.