The VN Futures Diversity, Inclusion and Widening Participation Working Group (DIWP) held their inaugural meeting on 9 November 2021. The group is led by the BVNA as part of the VN Futures Project.

The aim of the group’s work is to actively address diversity and inclusivity, specifically within the veterinary nursing profession, and consider the support needed by those from diverse backgrounds who are already working within the profession. The group will work with the RCVS Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG) who launched their strategy in 2021.

The work of this group will also provide guidance to feed into the School Ambassadors Scheme and help future VN ambassadors to deliver information on a career in veterinary nursing to people from all backgrounds.

The group’s initial campaign is to recruit role models to help drive change within the veterinary nursing profession through education, building awareness and inspiring people from all backgrounds to consider a career in veterinary nursing. We will publish content created by our Role Models over the coming months.

If you are interested in the work of the group or feel that you could be part of it in any way, please reach out to

Two vets with a ginger cat in practice
Veterinary nurse graduates at RCVS VN Day at London Zoo

Group membership

  • Jo Oakden BVNA Senior Vice President (Chair)
  • Alex Taylor – BVNA President & VNF Board Member
  • Lacey Pitcher – BVNA Council
  • Jack Pye – BVNA Council
  • Samantha Payne – BVNA Council & RCVS DIG Representative
  • Bertie Holgate – BVNA Council
  • Kim Rathbone – BVNA Council
  • Becky Winter – BVNA Council
  • Jade Brindley – BVNA Student Council Member
  • Nikki Ruedisueli – BVNA Head of L&D & VNF Non-Exec Board member
  • Jill Macdonald – RCVS & VNF Project Lead
  • Georgina Sharman – RVN
Data relating to ethnicity and gender for SVNs and RVNs
Group RVNs 2020 SVNs 2020
White 82% 95%
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) 2% 4%
Unknown 16% 1%
Male 2.65% 4.25%
Female 97.3% 95.1%
Unspecified 0.05% 0.65%