VN Futures is often hosting or attending events – presenting on the latest project developments and answering questions on VN Futures and the future of veterinary nursing.

Veterinary Nursing Diamond Jubilee


RCVS website

Veterinary nursing 60 years logoThis year’s Diamond Jubilee events will celebrate how far the profession has come and pay tribute to those who have impacted and influenced veterinary nursing over the years. We have planned a programme of events which include:

  • A webinar programme covering the past, present and future of the profession with presentations from eminent veterinary nurses;
  • A podcast series with a range of hosts, each reflecting an area of veterinary nursing that they are passionate about;
  • The launch of an ebook encompassing a brief history of the VN profession as well as some of the key factors that form the profession today.

Head Nurse Congress (2021)

Thursday 16 September 2021

Virtual event

Book tickets for the congress on the College of Animal Welfare website

Creating and Supporting Leadership Roles in Veterinary Nursing

9.50am – 10.35am  Jill Macdonald

The 2016 VN Futures Report and Action Plan raises the concept of ‘devolution of the head nurse role’, but what does this mean, and how can it progress leadership roles in veterinary nursing?

Head nurses are responsible for a variety of management duties, whilst also providing clear leadership across the entire nursing and support team; and often in a ‘stand-alone’ role with little hierarchical support.

Leadership is a quality that all members of the profession possess or aspire to, and we will look at how we can develop leadership skills and utilise and involve other staff members in the management and leadership processes within everyday practice.

BVNA Congress 2021

Telford International Centre & online

VN Futures will be involved in two discussion sessions and a joint Student Veterinary Nurse session with the RCVS Mind Matters initiative. Please read the details of these sessions below.

More information and tickets can be found on the BVNA website

SVN Mental Health and Wellbeing – Saturday 2 October, 12.00 – 12.45, Ludlow 3

This Fringe event will share some of the activities that the Mind Matters Initiative has been delivering over the past months, with a focus on the upcoming SVN Wellbeing Discussion Forum event which is to be held in November 2021.

We will also share a summary of the preliminary results from the survey to SVNs, newly qualified RVNs and Clinical Coaches that was carried out over the summer, and which aimed to gather information on SVN wellbeing and help to inform future events and resources delivered by the MMI. With over 650 responses, we expect this session to cover a broad range of issues, and welcome attendance from newly qualified VNs, SVNs and those involved in VN Education.

We will also hold an interactive discussion with an aim to find positive actions to help some of the most prevalent wellbeing and stress issues identified in the survey.

Session 1 – Saturday 2 October, 16:15 – 17:15, Ludlow 1 & 2 

Themed around sustainability of the VN profession, a panel will present what VN Futures has already achieved; specifically looking at how far the VN profession has already come. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss in small groups how their career has progressed since they graduated. There will be a chance for feedback and questions during this session allowing delegates to be involved in this important conversation. The session will be live streamed so remote delegates can join in the discussions.

Session 2 – Sunday 3 October, 16:00 – 17:00, Ludlow 1 & 2

Themed around the future of veterinary nursing and progression of the VN role; the discussion panel will briefly introduce topics and ideas, before encouraging discussions amongst groups of delegates. This will be your chance to feed your ideas into future projects to progress the vet nursing profession. The session will be live streamed so remote delegates can join in the discussions.

MMI and VN Futures: Student Veterinary Nursing Wellbeing Discussion Forum


The Mind Matters Initiative recently carried out a survey which invited student and newly-qualified veterinary nurses to answer questions about their mental wellbeing.

As a follow-up event to the survey, MMI, in collaboration with VN Futures,  invite you to attend our free online Student Veterinary Nursing Wellbeing Discussion Forum to discuss the key challenges highlighted in the survey responses and to explore the ways in which they can be addressed.

Find out more and register here