Career focus

  • Ali Heywood explains how she transitioned from RVN, to lecturer, to principal at the Dick White Academy; why she wants to transform the student nurse experience; how to overcome nerves ahead of OSCEs; and why no education is ever wasted.
  • Vets Jenny Guyat and Emma Tallini discuss the problematic term “work-life balance” and advise on how to establish a positive “life flow” instead.
  • Andrea Jeffery started her career on NHS wards as an orthopaedic nurse before retraining as an RVN. Now chief nursing officer at Linnaeus, she explains how she navigated her career, and the importance of education and inspiring others.
  • Caroline Clark wanted to be an RVN since she was a child, but an interest in behaviour led her down an unexpected route. Here, she explains how she segued into such a specialist aspect of animal care, which saw her establish her own business and become a television celebrity.
  • From setting up her own practice to being named Vet of the Year in the 2019 Petplan Veterinary Awards, it’s been an exciting 12 months for Danielle Greenberg. Here, she outlines what drives her and how volunteering in her home city of Liverpool is such as big part of what she, and her business, is.
  • Georgina (George) Hills started her career as an SVN at one of the first day release colleges in the south-west. Today, she is an operations manager for Independent Vetcare. Here, she charts her journey from RVN to senior manager, and explains how the Veterinary Management Group Certificate in Ve...
  • Dunedin Veterinary Centres clinical director Margot Hunter overcame the biggest battle of her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she would like to provide hope and inspiration to others...
  • One of the charity's RVNs, Michael De Lacy Costello, speaks about how the veterinary nursing attributes, attitudes and attire have changed over the years.
  • Kim Rathbone qualified as a VN aged 30. Here, she charts her route into the profession, and explains why seeing an animal and owner reunited after treatment will never grow old.
  • Luke Poore, head of clinical veterinary services at The Donkey Sanctuary, shares how he came to work for the charity, some of his experiences and how he feels inspired to be a part of the organisation in its 50th year.
  • Kirsten McLeod, hospitals director at Vets Now, considers the path to specialism – speaking with a number of veterinary specialists who share their experiences.
  • Renay Rickard – business director at Kernow Veterinary Group in Cornwall – charts her journey from school leaver to becoming the first qualified VN in her practice, president of the VPMA (now the VMG) and taking the helm at a prominent practice.
  • RVN Kay Ritchie shares her reasons for wanting to be a vet nurse, explains why she changed to a new career path and offers advice for others wanting to explore new opportunities.
  • Sam Blackman, of Highcroft Referrals in Bristol, has taken on additional responsibilities in his workplace. He explains how he became an operations support manager with CVS.
  • Working as an APHA vet can offer the opportunity to make a difference at not just a local, but national and, sometimes, international level.
  • APHA senior veterinary inspector Anne-Marie McDowall talks about her role and the path that led her to where she is now.
  • David Collins, the veterinary head of field delivery in the APHA’s England western area, talks about his role and the path that led him to where he is now.
  • Whether it’s front line disease research or helping frame Government policy, a veterinary degree can go a long way in the public sector.