Hartpury trio are voice of veterinary nursing at major national conference

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A trio of Hartpury’s most experienced veterinary nursing staff had the honour of presenting at a major national conference recently.

Head of Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury, Catherine Phillips, recently became the first ever equine veterinary nurse to be awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Honorary Associateship.

Catherine, who has helped shape the veterinary nursing provision at Hartpury during her 13 years with the college, delivered two presentations at the British Veterinary Nursing Association annual conference – ‘evidence-based equine veterinary nursing’ and ‘equine veterinary nursing, going to the next level’.

Lucy Middlecote, lecturer in Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury, delivered a presentation on her area of expertise - splints casts and bandages for transporting injured horses – while Senior Lecturer Suzannah Harniman shared her knowledge of common traumatic injuries in the competition horse.

“It’s fantastic for our staff to have the opportunity to present to an audience of their peers and share their knowledge to promote best practice across the profession,” said Catherine.

“We were honoured to be asked to present on four topics at such a prestigious national conference, but it was also great for our students and staff to network with so many people in the profession on the Hartpury stand at the conference.

“We were able to talk to delegates about how Hartpury’s small animal and equine veterinary nursing students are available to join businesses for a year long placement - bringing knowledge of the latest methods and research. With 100% of our students securing a job in a veterinary practice after they finish their studies, we’re very proud of our reputation for producing graduates that can make a real difference and hit the ground running when they join the profession.”

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