Megan Whitehead MSc RVT RVN
I studied nursing a little later in life at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Canada and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2008.
Prior to nursing I had obtained my Masters in Science and worked in human clinical trials and other biological research, but always had an interest in animals and medicine. I especially love wildlife and was fortunate enough to spend some of my training time at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, a wildlife hospital in Seattle. I also volunteered at Hope for Wildlife in Nova Scotia, a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned wild animals. I can even be seen in a few of their TV episodes on the Oasis channel! I keep up my Canadian registration and am still a member of the Eastern Veterinary Technicians Association in good standing.
I currently work full-time at a small animal first-opinion and referral practice in Scotland. My main clinical interests at work are pain management and anaesthesia. I enjoy having extra projects on the go and am currently organising an infection control study group based on the Bella Moss Foundation guidelines for our nurses. I also work casual hours for Vets999, our local OOH provider.
Being engaged with the profession is something I care about. I have previously run for the BVNA, and recently ran in the VN Council elections. I enjoy writing and often pen letters to the VN Times about issues that matter to me. I have also written articles for veterinary magazines on topics such as nutrition and ivermectin toxicity, and most recently had my first peer-reviewed article published in the Veterinary Nurse on acute renal injury.
I have two Canadian cats Kingsley and Trixie and an 11-year old Lab-Collie cross, Eddie (who was Mr. May in last year's VN calendar!). In my extra time I indulge my love of wool and knitting-I always have something on the needles and also spin wool on my traditional wheel. I look forward to serving on Council and working to improve our profession.