This was the first VN Futures meeting of this BVNA year and my first meeting as Chair and it was a really exciting meeting to start my tenure as we not only reflected on what had been achieved within the project so far, but also started to look to its future.

In the autumn VN Futures had held discussion forums at the BVNA ‘This is Us’ event, exploring some big questions about veterinary nursing and the feedback we gained was invaluable and will be used to shape the project going forward.

Within this meeting we discussed how the BVNA and the RCVS would continue to work together to progress the development of veterinary nursing; we also explored the options for being able to ‘get out there’ (albeit virtually to begin with) to interact with our profession and gain your insight into how you see the future of veterinary nursing. The engagement of the profession is crucial for this project, so watch this space!

We also welcomed my colleague Alex Taylor, BVNA’s Junior Vice-President, on to the Board at this meeting. I’ll let Alex introduce herself, but I know she will be a fantastic addition to the VN Futures Team.

”Hi, my name is Alex Taylor and I have been working as a small animal veterinary nurse for the last 23 years. I am currently the Junior Vice-President for the BVNA, and I feel incredibly honoured and thrilled to be joining the VN Futures Board. Whether you work in a clinical or non-clinical role, there is so much potential for veterinary nurses to expand their role and I think exciting times lay ahead for our profession! I am looking forward to being involved in the next phase of VN Futures and despite recent challenges caused by the global pandemic, I am determined to work with the rest of the VN Futures Board to continue to drive this worthwhile project forward. I genuinely believe that veterinary nursing is a life-long career and have a particular interest in looking at ways of building resilience in veterinary nurses, which should help enable them to have fulfilling and rewarding careers.”

Jo Oakden

BVNA President

VNF Board Chair

Alexandra Taylor