Who is your current employer and what do they do?
My current employer is Highcroft Vet Group. We have 13 branches across the South West and run a general practice as well as referrals in Whitchurch.

What is your job title and what does the job entail?
I work as a registered veterinary nurse in a referral practice. I could be running a ward of patients, dogs, cats or exotics to ensure they get their medications and the care they need. I may also oversee the surgeries for the day, ensure everything is ready in a theatre, including equipment, and then prepare and monitor the anaesthetic for each procedure.

How did you achieve your current position?  
I completed 8-10 weeks of work experience over a year, in the UK and abroad, before I started my BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at the University of Bristol. I then worked at Langford Veterinary Services, before moving to my current employer.

What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the medical nursing part of my job, preparing medications, simple and complex. I enjoy the tender love and care we give to patients, which is often what they need alongside their medical care.

What are the challenging aspects of your role?
The challenging aspects of the job for me was making the transition from being a student and becoming confident in my skills as a veterinary nurse, not just the practical skills but the ward management, people skills and other roles we have.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include continuing representation of registered and student veterinary nurses with the British Veterinary Nursing Association and British Association of Veterinary Nursing Students, and my skills as a veterinary nurse in practice.

What other qualifications do you have?
I have been a member of BVNA Council since I qualified in 2015, entering my third term this year and hope to continue my specialism in the future, but I am most passionate about the profession as a whole and representation for veterinary nurses in the future.

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