Hartpury College


Catherine is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Registered Veterinary Nurse (Small Animal and Equine) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Catherine initially qualified as Small Animal Veterinary Nurse following a period of training at Bristol Veterinary School, Langford. A City and Guilds Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition was gained during her time spent in small animal and mixed veterinary practice.

Interests in Equine Veterinary Nursing lead Catherine to accept a senior nursing position at Three Counties Equine Hospital, Gloucestershire and subsequently qualified as an RCVS Equine Veterinary Nurse. During this time Catherine developed a particular interest in equine surgical and intensive care nursing.

Catherine joined Hartpury College in 2002 and currently leads all of the veterinary nursing programmes.
Catherine is the Principal Examiner for the RCVS Equine Veterinary Nursing Qualification, a member of Editorial Board for The Veterinary Nurse (monthly international peer-reviewed journal) and a member of the British Veterinary Nursing Association.
Catherine is currently completing an MSc in Veterinary Education through the Royal Veterinary College.

Job Title and Responsibilities:
Head of Department Veterinary Nursing

Teaching Interests:
Veterinary Nursing/Equine Veterinary Nursing/Intensive Care and Surgical Nursing

Research Interests:
Veterinary Nursing/Equine Veterinary Nursing/Veterinary Nursing Education

Recent Research Activity and Publications:
Chapters in textbooks:
Goddard, L., Phillips, C., 2011. Observation and assessment of the patient. In B. Cooper, E. Mullineaux and L. Turner, eds. BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Gloucester: BSAVA. Ch 15
Phillips, C., 2011. Equine Anatomy and Physiology. In V. Aspinall, eds. The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing. Oxford: Elsevier. Ch 6
Cooke, R., Phillips, C., 2009. The Horse. In V. Aspinall and M. Cappello, eds. Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology. Oxford: Elsevier. Ch 16
Journal publications:
Phillips, C., 2005. Wound Management, Veterinary Nursing Journal. 20 (1). pp.16-18
Invited Lectures:
British Equine Veterinary Association CPD course 2012, Theatre/Surgical Nursing: ‘Challenges faced by the equine theatre nurse’, Phillips, C.
British Equine Veterinary Association CPD course 2002, Equine Surgical Nursing: ‘Principles and Practice of Aseptic technique’ and ‘Changing Role of the Equine Hospital Nurse’, Phillips, C

Chapman, S., 2014. Obesity and the health and welfare of the leisure horse, The Veterinary Nurse. 5 (2). pp. 94-99