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.