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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Laura Tobin BSc (Hons) RVN VTS (Anaesthesia)
22 May 2015
BSc (Hons) RVN VTS (Anaesthesia)
Our focus on Willows' dedicated veterinary nurses continues with a profile of Laura Tobin, one of Willows' Anaesthesia Nurses. Laura left school after completing her A-levels but at that point wasn't too sure what she wanted to study at university. Laura decided to have a gap year and it was during this time that Laura met a veterinary nurse who inspired her so much she decided to follow the same career path and applied to university to study veterinary nursing. Laura spent 4 enjoyable years at Bristol University studying veterinary nursing and practice administration. Alongside studying for the degree Laura had to complete the NVQ in veterinary nursing which is the qualification recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
After qualifying as a veterinary nurse, Laura took up several positions at other referral practices in the south east before the pull of the Midlands drew her back home. Laura originally started working at Willows as a locum nurse but enjoyed being part of a dynamic team so much that she applied for a permanent position and has now been working at Willows for four years.
Whilst working in the nursing team, Laura became very interested in anaesthesia and Karen Walsh, one of our anaesthesia Specialists encouraged Laura to further enhance her knowledge and skills in this area and study for the American qualification of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in anaesthesia. The criteria for application to study for this additional qualification was very strict and included completing a case book of 50 cases, writing 4 case reports and completing a skills list of specialist anaesthesia procedures. To complete the qualification Laura had to travel out to Indianapolis to sit two four hour exam papers. Laura is now a member of the AVTA (Association of Veterinary Technician Anaesthetists) and a VTS (anaesthesia), one of only 16 in the U.K. In recognition of her dedication and further qualification Laura moved into a new role of Anaesthesia Nurse at Willows. Laura’s role on a day to day basis includes supporting the Veterinary anaesthetists with critical cases and high risk patients. She supports the nursing team and also assists the student nurses whilst they are studying anaesthesia. Looking to the future Laura would like to be published more and continue to lecture and pass on her specialised knowledge. Laura is also looking to study for a pain management certificate.
Laura says “I am so happy that I met that veterinary nurse, she definitely helped to push me in the right direction and I feel very lucky that I have my ideal job in a wonderful practice that is dedicated to excellence”.
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