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Where will your VN career lead you?

The veterinary nursing profession has many special qualities and opportunities unique to its role and can lead you in many different directions, from all the different aspects of animal healthcare and welfare, to management, academia, conservation, consultancy or even working overseas.

To help you find out more about the diverse career paths available to you, read our new case studies from veterinary nurses in a wide variety of different roles.

Though your own career path will be unique, we hope you will find ideas and inspiration from reading about others.

Whether it’s working with military animals, teaching students in Sri Lanka, managing a busy referral hospital, sitting on BVNA Council, or running VN education programmes, these case studies should give you plenty of food for thought as you plan your own VN Future!

  • Sophie Venables BSc (Hons) RVN

Sophie Venables BSc (Hons) RVN

What is your job title and what does the job entail?
My job title is Post Registration Programme (PRP) Manager. This involves creating a structured induction programme for early careers nurses wanting to make the transition from student to specialist veterinary nurse.

May 7th, 2020|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Helen Russell CertVNECC RVN

Helen Russell CertVNECC RVN

How did you achieve your current position?
I have had a very varied Veterinary Nursing career since I began in 1998 – working in 1st opinion, Referral, an exotics hospital in Dubai and being Principal Nurse Manager for Vets Now.

April 21st, 2020|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Nicholas Coleman FdSc RVN

Nicholas Coleman FdSc RVN

What is your job title and what does the job entail?
I’m an RVN in the Internal Medicine team.  My team assist with imaging (ultrasound, x-ray, MRI & CT), endoscopy and cardiology cases.  We also assist with any other internal medicine cases that are referred to us. 

August 22nd, 2019|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Sam Bradshaw

Samantha Bradshaw RVN

Who is your current employer and what do they do?
Cromwell Veterinary Group - Small animal veterinary practice
VetSkill - Awarding body Self-employed OSCE examiner for Central Qualifications, City and Guilds and College of Animal Welfare.

August 9th, 2019|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Clare Speight

Claire Speight RVN

What is your current position and what does your job entail?
I am the Head Nurse at Kettering Vets4Pets. My job entails liaising with the JVP’s of the practice to ensure the highest possible standards of care for every patient...

May 28th, 2019|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson RVN

What is your current position? I am the Clinical Services Manager at North Downs Specialist Referrals, a multi-disciplinary hospital in Surrey. My day-to-day role includes...

May 8th, 2019|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Carl Rudkin

Carl Rudkin RVN

What is your current position?
I am an Oncology Nurse at Davies Veterinary Specialists, a veterinary referral hospital. My job entails looking after patients in a multi disciplinary referral centre...

April 15th, 2019|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Lucy Hennessy

Lance Corporal Lucy Hennessy RVN

What can you tell us about your role?
Being an RVN in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) offers a unique opportunity to work with military working animals, in particular dogs and horses...

October 6th, 2017|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Susan Howarth

Susan Howarth RVN

What is your job title and what does the job entail?
I am the Programme Manager for the veterinary nursing course that we offer, which includes the license to practice BSc (Hons) degrees in veterinary nursing, the RCVS DipAVN and postgraduate veterinary nursing courses...

October 6th, 2017|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Stuart Ford-Fennah

Stuart Ford-Fennah RVN

Who is your current employer and what do they do?
I am employed by Cave Veterinary Specialists a multidisciplinary veterinary referral centre in Somerset. As a centre we only see referral level patients in multiple disciplines which include medicine, oncology...

October 6th, 2017|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Nimisha Patel

Nimisha Patel RVN

What is your job title and what does the job entail?
I work as a registered veterinary nurse in a referral practice. I could be running a ward of patients, dogs, cats or exotics to ensure they get their medications and the care they need. I may also oversee the surgeries for the day...

October 6th, 2017|VN Career Case Studies|
  • Hayley Walters

Hayley Walters RVN

What is your current position?
I am the Welfare and Anaesthesia Nurse at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and have been for over five years. I work in the Anaesthesia Department of our small animal teaching hospital helping to teach final-year vet students...

October 6th, 2017|VN Career Case Studies|