I have been working as a Veterinary Nurse for 20 years. During this time I have worked in small animal, emergency out of hours, both referral orthopaedic and soft tissue theatre and I am currently the senior nurse of an exotic only team, located in a busy multidisciplinary referral hospital. I feel I have a good understanding of the challenges faced in a wide variety of practices. 

During my time in small animal practice I was the head nurse and built my knowledge and skills in running both logistically and financially a practice and dealing with the challenges that can be faced on a day to day basis.

I have been a clinical coach now for 8 years and I am enthusiastic about giving my knowledge and experience to future nurses. I also feel that I am learning from them and staying up to date with any changes in training and veterinary education.

I am passionate about implementing fear free handling to all species and encouraging nurses to develop and implement transferable skills between different species. 

I have worked closely with the RSPCA and rehabilitated wildlife throughout my whole career.  I chair an exotic and wildlife veterinary focus group to implement best practice across an international board of members, as well as working closely with a rabbit specific group.  I have also lectured across the UK on different topics and contributed to a future BSAVA manual.

I believe this is an exciting and important time to be a Veterinary Nurse and that now more than ever, we have the power to improve on quality of care, to not just our patients but to our colleagues too. Be this through wellbeing, work-life balance or transferable skills.  It would be an honour to be a part of implementing change in the future.