May always marks Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month. No year seems more apt to stand up and applaud the hard work and dedication of RVNs the world over, than 2020. We'd like to share with you the amazing story of Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialist, VN Laura Collins.
Laura graduated from The Athlone Institute of Technology back in 2014. Where she started off working for free, every Saturday in order to get her small animal placement.
"I knew I didn't want a standard 'spay and treat' career. I was willing to put in any hard work and dedication needed to get myself a really hands on role."
As a new grad, Laura took on the role of VN (in general practice) and then Senior nurse at the Royal Animal Hospital in Kuwait.
"I worked in Kuwait for 3 months in a veterinary referral hospital. I gained essential experience in those months and my love of referral work was born.
80% of our case load at RAH were cats, but my most defining memory was of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross (called Ipo) that was brought in. He'd been found in the desert severely dehydrated, with a major leg trauma. There were so many factors that we had to address. It was inevitable that Ipo was going to lose his leg, but before amputation we had to stabilise his organs. He was also my first experience of physio. It was amazing to see him rehabilitated and finally get to leave the practice with his new adopted family...
...This is a picture of Ipo being encourage to walk!"
Being around such a widely trained team of international staff, Laura learned a lot, quickly. By the end of her placement she was running the practice with rave reviews from both peers and patients a like.
"I moved to England to work in another veterinary referral practice. Since moving I have gained many more skills such as anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, blood sampling and testing, client communication, data compilation and analysis. I love being able to give 1:1 care to patients and give my undivided attention to anaesthetised animals."
Laura is now a theatre nurse at Lumbry Park VS. Her special interests include: Weight clinics and diet management as well as osteoarthritis pain management and theatre. Laura advocates the importance of good mental health and wellbeing. Although an avid cook, she actually loves nothing more than getting out and going on hikes or running park runs!
We'd like to take this time to say a huge thank you to all the RVNs out there, that often go unrecognised - Thank you for everything you do!