Vet Nurse Online Lecturers
Tom Smith RVN, Cert VN ECC, VTS ECC
Core Intensive Care Nurse, Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford Vets/University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
In 2004 I graduated as a Veterinary Nurse with distinction and in 2014 achieved my Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care (Cert VN ECC) with a distinction. In 2017 I became an Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) board certified Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS ECC). I sit on the AVECCT mentor and credentials committees which I find very rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy assisting candidates through the applications process, I also find the assessing of submitted applications very interesting and actually an education in itself.
I have worked for many years in many varieties of general practice and in 2011 started work as a rotational nurse at the Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford Vets. This is where I found my passion for veterinary emergency and critical care and took up a post as a core intensive care nurse. I enjoy every aspect of ECC from triage, trauma, transfusion medicine to managing a ventilator case, I love it all! I feel so lucky to have a role that allows me to push my personal self and my clinical skills to above and beyond what I ever imagined. My role also allows me to informally and formally teach undergraduate veterinary and veterinary nursing degree students. This is something I enjoy and I feel helps to push our profession forward. Education means a great deal to me, which is why I am joining the team at Vet Nurse Online as one of the newest lecturers.
Nicola Swales BSc(Hons)
RVN Dermatology Nurse, Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford Vets/University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
Nicola graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science in 2015. She immediately started working for Langford Vets, part of the University of Bristol as a dermatology nurse. She is interested in all aspects of dermatology, especially immune-mediated conditions and is currently working towards a Masters degree by research, also at the University of Bristol, looking at the role of stress as a flare factor in feline allergic skin disease. She will be bringing this expertise to Vet Nurse Online as one of our newest lecturers.
Kelly Shackleton RVN
Ophthalmology Nurse, Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford Vets/University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
My Veterinary Nursing career spans 18 years, starting in the UK in busy mixed practice and then moving to Australia, working as a locum in different parts of the country and different types of clinics, both small animal, large animal and wildlife too. I worked in specialist hospitals working in surgery, oncology, ward nursing, ophthalmology and emergency. I then became head nurse of a department in a large referral hospital in Sydney, involved in training of other nurses and interns across the hospital.
I moved back to the UK a few years ago and after 6 months as a locum I began working at The Animal Health Trust. Later on I took a position at Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol as the ophthalmology nurse and further developed my interest in ophthalmology. It has been an amazing adventure and I feel so lucky to be part of an amazing team. I have been very involved in training nurses and animal care assistants in ophthalmology patient care, including giving talks and writing protocols for both small animal and equine. And lecturing for Vet Nurse Online means I can bring this expertise to an even wider audience.
Katherine Spear BA(Hons) PgDip MA RVN has worked in practice and in business management for over 8 years, and has worked in large referral practice, small community practice, emergency clinics and in charity practice. Her particular interests are in animal welfare and ethics and she served on the Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel of the BVA for over 4 years. She became impressed with online learning after studying Professional Skills for VNs with the University of Liverpool by e learning and so then went on to study for an online Post Graduate Associate course in Veterinary Education with the Royal Veterinary College, London. She then gained a Masters in Applied and Professional Ethics with the University of Leeds, also based online, which focused on veterinary ethics, predominantly with a dissertation on animal rights and welfare in practice. As founder of Vet Nurse Online, she provides her own lectures as well as overseeing all the online CPD for veterinary nurses provided on this website.
Shoned Hawksworth RVN DipAVN (Small Animal) Cert IV (QVN) Cert VNES (Exotics) Cert Nut (QCF Nutrition)
“I am a British and Australian qualified nurse and began my nursing career in 2002 where I worked in a range of general, referral and emergency clinics. In 2012 I moved to Hong Kong to become the head nurse of a small animal and exotic hospital, where I have since gained certificates in nursing of exotic species, advanced diploma in small animals and have just completed my nutrition certificate. I have a keen interest in medical, exotics and nutrition and am now the nursing manager of the small animal and exotic hospital in Hong Kong; where I live with my husband, 3 dogs, 3 cats and over 15 reptiles near the sea.”
Clare O’Connor MSc RVN PgDip CABC
Clare has been a qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse for 10 years having completed a Science Honors Degree in Veterinary Nursing in 2003. She has worked in a variety of different veterinary practices, from a hospital to a small, one vet clinic whereby she set up behavioural and puppy clinics with the main focus on pet and client care. Having re-homed a rescue kitten called Thomas in 2006, Clare was intrigued by his behaviour, therefore she embarked on a postgraduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counseling in 2007. In having her own cat, Clare has been particularly interested in cat behaviour. She then decided to focus more on cats and spent some time as a Registered Veterinary Nurse and sole Behaviour Counsellor at Oxford Cat Clinic, seeing cat behavioural referrals. Clare is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and gained a Master of Science Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour in 2011. She now owns and runs her own business, where she accepts behaviour referrals from veterinary practice, and for more information on this see www.petbehaviourandcareservices.co.uk.
Claire Speight A1 Clinical Coach, RVN, C&G Cert Nursing Exotic Species,
Qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2007, Claire has always had an interest in rabbit nursing.
Claire gained the City and Guilds veterinary nursing of exotic species certificate in 2009, and has worked as an A1 assessor and now clinical coach within her practice.
Claire currently works in Kettering as a Senior Nurse in a practice with a high rabbit caseload, as well and frequently lecturing on rabbits to both veterinary professionals and owners. Claire has and continues to be a regular contributor to several publications including; LAPIS, Pet Gazette, Veterinary Nursing Journal and Veterinary Nursing Times, and is also the editor of Rabbiting On; the Rabbit Welfare Association’s quarterly magazine.
Helen Jenkins FdSc RVN:
I graduated from Duchy College with a Foundation Degree in small animal veterinary nursing. I worked in a busy mixed referral hospital in Cornwall for three years whilst training, which gave me excellent clinical knowledge of all disciplines. Once qualified I worked in general practice and then moved to Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol and worked as a rotational nurse before specialising in surgery as a theatre nurse with a keen interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures, especially joint replacements. I moved on to research while working at Langford, first as a clinical research nurse and then working for 18 months on a research project with the University of Bristol, investigating the sensory expression of pain in dogs with spontaneous osteoarthritis, with the hope that this will lead to better pain management in dogs with this condition. Throughout my career I have been enthusiastic in teaching both practically and theoretically and was a Clinical Coach at Langford. I am now a Veterinary Nursing lecturer at Bath College, and also enjoy writing journal articles and volunteering abroad.
Linda Ryan (Roberts) DipAVN (Medical) VTS (Oncology) RVN
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Linda qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 from general practice. She then worked at the Royal Veterinary College, before moving on to Edinburgh University’s Hospital for Small Animals in 2004. There she obtained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2005, before becoming oncology nurse with the cancer service in 2006. In 2009, she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology, and a member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians.
Linda has won multiple awards throughout her career, including highest exam marks in both the 1st & 2nd years of the RCVS Veterinary Nursing exams, as well as top exam results in her year in the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. She is the 1st (& still only) Veterinary Technician Specialist in the U.K. & Europe.
As well as her specialist interest in oncology, Linda also has interests in analgesia, clinical nutrition, medical nursing, behavioural health & welfare, maintenance of optimum quality of life in chronically ill patients & clinical teaching. Linda regularly writes & presents on these topics for the veterinary press & at CPD events.
In 2012, Linda became a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour. She currently owns & runs Pawsitive Pet Teaching, aimed at pet & owner training & education, as well as CPD provision to fellow professionals.
Alison Mann BSc(Hons) Dip HE Dip AVN (Small Animal) CVN RVN:
I graduated from Writtle College in Essex with an honours degree in Equine Science and after working in the industry for a couple of years, including a stint in equine nursing, I decided to train as a small animal VN. I qualified in 2009 whilst working in a mixed first opinion practice in Bristol. In 2010 I moved to Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol and worked as a rotating nurse before specialising in surgery and latterly as a theatre nurse.
During my time at Langford Veterinary Services I have developed a keen interest in both soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures including joint replacements and minimally invasive interventional techniques.
I am also a clinical coach and enjoy passing on my knowledge both practically and theoretically.
Currently I am studying towards my Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.
Dr Susan Ella Dawson
Dr Susan Ella Dawson is a psychologist specialised in the study of human-companion animal relationships. Sue is Director of Animal-Kind a consultancy which provides animal welfare education, offers research into the psychology of human-animal interactions and therapy. Sue’s research experience includes an RSPCA funded study investigating the impact on children of witnessing animal abuse in the home (1994-1996), a doctorate study funded by Manchester Metropolitan University investigating companion animal owner grief in relation to veterinary euthanasia (2003-2007) and most recently in collaboration with The Donkey Sanctuary investigated children’s relationships with donkeys during therapeutic riding (2009-2011). Sue is working with veterinary surgeons at the moment investigating their experiences of psychological distress and suicidal ideation. Sue previously worked as Training Manager with The Blue Cross/SCAS Pet Bereavement Support Service and spent 13 years working as a Regional Education Advisor with The RSPCA in The UK and in post-war Bosnia with RSPCA International. Sue was a veterinary nursing assistant before this at Darley House Veterinary Centre in Lancashire. As a Vet Nurse Online lecturer, she writes high quality lectures providing online CPD for veterinary nurses.
Dr Susan Ella Dawson
KATHERINE HOWIE VN VTS (ECC):
I started my nursing career and completed my training in a very busy first opinion practice where I stayed for 8yrs. This gave me a wealth of experience in client care, emergency patients and all areas of the Veterinary Industry. I then moved onto a new challenge as a nurse in a referral centre rotating through all the disciplines where I stayed for 2yrs. Having been through a wide range of disciplines and veterinary environments I eventually decided to settle on Emergency and Critical Care. I have been the Senior Nurse at an emergency clinic in Farnham since June 2004 and in November 2009 achieved the American Qualification of Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care. I have subsequently lectured at regional and national meetings to a variety of nurses at all levels of their education. I am extremely passionate about patient care and further education for Veterinary Nurses and believe that “hands on” care is important and never more so in the emergency patient. The most important monitoring tool that a patient has is the Veterinary Nurse that is looking after them.
I am a phlebotomist for Pet Blood Bank UK and involved in various charity work. I am also part owner of Triple H Training for Veterinary Nurses which is a webinar based platform for accessible CPD for Veterinary Nurses. I also sit on the clinical board as an advisor for Vets-Now.
Annaliese Morgan DipAVN (Surgical) RVN MBVNA has worked in the veterinary profession for 18 years, qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse back in 1997. Since then Annaliese has gained the advanced surgical diploma. After spending 15 years in small and mixed animal practice (which included management of the team, the practice, as well as all the clinical work), Annaliese opened her own business in July 2008, Fuchsia Pet Health Spa. In a luxury environment, Fuchsia combines high standard preventative healthcare and grooming, along with education and exceptional client care. The BVNA awarded her the VN Times Award in October 2008 for her continued work within veterinary nursing, and she is a Vet Nurse of the Year nominee.
She is also a writer – her publications include a range of articles as well as four well known veterinary nursing text books, including ‘How to get through NVQ2 for Veterinary Nurses’ and ‘How to get through NVQ3 for Veterinary Nurses’ . Her most recent book, ‘Desperate Housepets, A Guide to Healthy Pets’, is aimed at pet owners and gives an entertaining approach to a high standard of pet care. She is also a business mentor for the YES Network (Young Entrepreneurs Society) and volunteers her time to help the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Annaliese is a lecturer for Vet Nurse Online and provides some of our modules of online CPD for veterinary nurses.
See www.annaliesemorgan.com for more information.
Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc(Hons) VTS(Anaesthesia/Analgesia & ECC) DipAVN(Medical & Surgical) RVN gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Anaesthesia) in 2014. Louise has contributed to over 35 books, journal articles and book chapters, and lectures worldwide on all aspects of anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, surgery and infection control.
Louise worked spent 15 years working at PetMedics in Manchester firstly as Head Nurse and then Clinical Director and in October 2015 Louise moved to Vets Now to take up the position of Clinical Support Manager. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma patients, as well as anaesthesia, surgical nursing, infection control and wound management. Louise was delighted to be the recipient of the prestigious Bruce Vivash Jones Veterinary Nurse Award 2016, which is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing as well as in July 2016 being awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the RCVS for exceptional contribution to veterinary nursing.
Charlotte Pace BA (Hons), RVN, VTS (Cardiology) qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003, whilst working in practice in London. In the same year she moved to the Royal Veterinary College to work as a medicine nurse. In 2006 she became the dedicated cardiology nurse for the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. In 2010 she passed American veterinary technician exams and became the first nurse to hold the Cardiology qualification outside the US. We are proud to have her as a lecturer providing online CPD for veterinary nurses.
Victoria Field VN, IOC, IHHTP, CiPD Cert.TP qualified as a Veterinary Nurse whilst employed at a 13 vet practice in 1993. On qualifying, Victoria took the position of staff nurse at an RSPCA Hospital to further her experience of the animal welfare sector. Along her career path she also worked as Head Nurse at a practice in the South West and also at one of the UK’s first Feline Only Practices.
In 1996, Victoria changed her career path to work in a veterinary sales environment, to gain business knowledge, and spent 12 successful years with the largest Pet Insurer in the world, progressing from Veterinary Field Sales Representative, to UK Field Sales Manager, a role that encompassed recruiting and coaching the field sales team and maintaining relationships with the Veterinary and Animal Welfare Sector. Victoria studied Cipd Training Qualifications in 2005, and was awarded the CiPD Certificate in Training Practice in 2006.
In 2009, on developing further interests in the behaviour of humans, studied Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Addiction Counselling with the Institute of Counselling, being awarded Diploma qualifications in 2010. Victoria runs a consultancy in Veterinary Team Wellness and Coaching from her base in the Midlands. She also writes online CPD for veterinary nurses in her role as a Vet Nurse Online lecturer.
Nicky Smith Bsc (Hons) Dip AVN E-SQP LCGI RVN qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1996. She is currently head nurse at a small animal practice in the West Midlands and had previously worked in a charity hospital and a dedicated emergency clinic. She gained her Dip AVN in 2013 from Harper Adams and gained her first class honours Bsc in Clinical Vet Nursing from Myerscough. Other qualifications include the AMTRA E-SQP and the BVNA Certificate in Pharmacy Management. She is a lecturer for Vet Nurse Online and provides online CPD for veterinary nurses. She is also the 2017 winner of the Pet Plan Vet Nurse of the Year Award.
Katie Lewis BVetMed MRCVS graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2007. Katie currently works in a busy tier III mixed practice in Cornwall where she enjoys working with all species, though her main interests are in small animal and equine medicine. Katie also has a great passion for the ocean and the marine mammals residing within it; she is an active member of the Cornwall Seal Group and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. As a lecturer for Vet Nurse Online, she also writes lectures providing online CPD for veterinary nurses.