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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Tom Reilly CertECC RVN
29 May 2015
As part of our series on Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month, this feature highlights the role of Tom Reilly, Willows' Medicine Nurse. Tom joined Willows nursing team in 2011.
Working with animals has always been Tom’s passion. His first experience of working with animals came through a work experience placement, working in the kennels at the RSPCA. Tom never looked back from this point and went on to work positions within the PDSA and rehoming centres. Dedication and passion rewarded Tom with a student nursing position and after qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN), Tom joined the Willows team.
Whilst working at Willows Tom developed a passion for medical nursing and to further enhance his knowledge and skills, he studied for the Certificate in Veterinary Nursing for Emergency and Critical Care and passed this with distinction. Tom’s role within the practice is to work alongside the internal medicine and oncology Specialists and provide their patients with an exemplary standard of care during their stay. Tom can often be found assisting within the ultrasound department, working in the Intensive care unit, dealing with laboratory samples and ensuring the patients on the ward are receiving the highest standards of care.
Tom is also a committee member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, West Midlands and helps to organise continuing professional development for local veterinary nurses. Tom also continues to further his knowledge and is working towards a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.
Tom says "I always knew that I had to work with animals - there was never any question. To be part of the Willows team where I get to work with very varied, and often challenging cases and to participate in what can only be described as groundbreaking veterinary science, is beyond my dreams".
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