The School Ambassadors Pilot was launched in 2019 to consider a strategy and approach for reaching out to school-children about veterinary nursing careers, working with organisations such as STEM Learning. You can access the recent School Ambassadors Pilot Report for more information on the work of the Pilot, the resources that will become available, and the ongoing areas of development. While some of its work was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic there is currently a team of 11 ambassadors who have completed or are in the process of completing STEM induction and training, and who are continuing the work of the Pilot through an ongoing Development Group. All of the ambassadors are RVNs who work in a variety of roles in practice or education, and offer their valuable time and expertise on a voluntary basis for the future development of their profession.

Tina Leake RVN has been appointed as the Lead Ambassador and will assist VN Futures Project Coordinator Jill Macdonald in driving forward the work of the development group. This includes collating the resources for school ambassadors, considering new areas of development, and supporting the ambassadors in their development role. Tina has been a part of the pilot from the outset and has made a valuable contribution to our work to date.

The group is also considering ways of highlighting the ambassadorial role to the profession to ensure a wide reach in provision of veterinary nursing career information. The aim is to have a selection of resources available to potential ambassadors and to roll out a programme of school outreach in 2021. We will also be working to ensure that information on veterinary nursing careers are available to school careers advisors and online careers hubs.

If you are interested in the work of the Development Group or potentially becoming a school ambassador, then please contact Jill Macdonald on jill@vnfutures.org.uk.

Membership of the School Ambassadors Development Group