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  • Jill Macdonald

RCVS Workforce blog series: The VN School Ambassadors Scheme

A new series of blogs launched on the RCVS website takes a deep-dive into some key projects – including collaborations with other organisations – to show how they are contributing to the Workforce project. The project was launched last [...]

2022-06-27T10:24:38+01:0027 June 2022|Views of the profession|0 Comments
  • Alex Mullarky

Making veterinary a zero-waste industry

Alex Mullarky

Writing about sustainability from the perspective of VN Futures seems very fitting since, without a timely and dramatic change to the way we work and live, our collective future looks very worrying.

2021-08-02T16:46:01+01:001 July 2021|One Health, Views of the profession|0 Comments
  • Sally Betterton

The Menopause and ME! – a personal experience of the menopause

Sally Betterton RVN

What is the menopause?

The average age for the menopause is 51 years in the UK (source: NHS.UK) and it usually spans over an age range of 45 to -55 years. It is difficult to predict how long or how many years symptoms will last and not all women have symptoms. The symptoms can also vary in type, prevalence and severity.

2021-08-02T16:42:34+01:0011 May 2021|Views of the profession|3 Comments
  • Shelly Jefferies RVN

Nurturing the next generation of nurses

Shelly Jefferies RVN NcertPT

I’m sure we’ve all heard somebody at some point in our career say “well someone had to train you” and yes it is true, however training our next generation of veterinary nurses is more than just repaying your training dues. It is about shaping, enlightening and educating...

2021-08-02T17:10:53+01:0010 May 2021|Views of the profession|0 Comments
  • Jasmine Curtis and Sydney

Working to increase diversity within veterinary nursing

Jasmine Curtis RVN

Jasmine Curtis is an RVN who currently works as a Veterinary Nursing Enrolment Officer at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is currently assisting with a project looking at how better support can be provided to student veterinary nurses from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background and encourage more people from those backgrounds into the profession.

2021-05-05T16:34:15+01:005 May 2021|Views of the profession|1 Comment
  • Jill Macdonald

Role recognition and value of veterinary nurses

Jill Macdonald RVN DipAVN (Surgical) FHEA

Whilst veterinary nurses hold a key position in primary care, referral and emergency practice, it is felt that their role is still often not recognised or understood by the public and clients who use veterinary services.

2021-05-21T17:43:41+01:0012 October 2020|Views of the profession|0 Comments
  • Vet and VN with a dog

The value of veterinary nurses to practice – changing the mind-set

Stephanie-Writer Davies

There has been some debate in recent months over the value of veterinary nurses to practices, and the ‘cost’ to veterinary businesses of their veterinary nursing staff.

2020-05-22T11:52:39+01:0020 June 2019|Views of the profession|8 Comments
  • VN at operating table

VNs looking to themselves for change

Daniel Hogan

Starting my career as a veterinary nurse in a variety of roles, and moving to senior management positions, I have always been passionate about the profession and my role within it...

2020-03-18T10:20:06+00:003 April 2017|Views of the profession|1 Comment
  • A VN with a cat

Why aren’t veterinary nurses better advocates for the profession?

Helen Ballantyne

As you read this, veterinary nurses across the country are caring for their patients, ensuring their needs are met. There are veterinary nurses spending their annual leave working with charities...

2021-12-04T12:18:45+00:004 May 2016|Views of the profession|4 Comments
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Where are all the veterinary nurses? Is there a need for another training option?

Laura Kidd

Each year the actual number of veterinary nurses (VNs) in the UK increases (RCVS, 2014) yet, anecdotally, there seem to be insufficient veterinary nurses to meet demand...

2020-03-18T10:23:48+00:007 September 2015|Views of the profession|18 Comments
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