What is it like to be a BVNA council member?

Alex Taylor joined the BVNA Council in October 2018. “I applied because I could see that BVNA were involved in lots of areas of the Veterinary Nursing profession and I thought to myself ‘If you want to see change, you need be take  part in the process’ so I was nominated to run for council, and to my delight I was voted in.”

If you want to find out more about joining the council, nominations are now open and close on 31 March https://www.bvna.org.uk/council-and-staff/bvna-council-nominations

We Vote on Important Matters

“So far on council I have been part of both the Membership and the Learning & Development committees. These committees meet on the morning prior to the main council meeting and discuss and vote on any important matters that are relevant to them.”

“Topics that we discuss and vote on can range from BVNA Congress, Regional CPD, VNJ or learning pathways (Learning and Development Committee) or BMAS, Regional CPD, VNAM, or vet nursing awards (Membership Committee).The main council meeting is for all council members to attend, and we vote on important matters such as how we can best support our student members, BVNA bursaries and the forthcoming election processes and to name just a few!”

“The Officers also give their reports at main council, so that they are updated on their movements since the last meeting. The Officer role involved more responsibility and I am very excited to have recently taken on this role.”

Personal Achievement

“I have already achieved part of what I wanted to as a BVNA Council Member. I am thrilled to  have been given the opportunity to write a literature review about ‘The handling and restraint of cats in practice and its effect on patient welfare’, which I am hoping to be published this year. This is a topic that I am very passionate about, and the idea to publish it as an educational piece came out of one of the council meetings.   I am also hoping to be part of setting up more support for BVNA Members with chronic illness, which was part of my manifesto, so watch this space.”

I have learned so much…

“Everything I have already mentioned it just a small fraction of what myself and other council members are involved with at the BVNA. I can honestly say that I have learned so much since being on council, not just with regard to my knowledge of Veterinary Nursing matters, but also my own self development.”

“I think I am a better person, both professionally and personally as a result of being a BVNA Council Member.”

“There does need to be some level of commitment, but I highly recommend joining the BVNA Council because it gives you a much better understanding or what we do as an organisation.”

“We really are’ standing taller’ at an exciting time to be a Veterinary Nurse.”

Thank you Alex.

If you want to find out more about joining the council, nominations are open and close on 31 March https://www.bvna.org.uk/council-and-staff/bvna-council-nominations

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