THREE West Yorkshire veterinary nurses are proudly challenging the boundaries of their profession by studying for advanced qualifications.
Michelle Rewcastle, Megan Everett and Cheryl Murray, who all work at Chantry Vets in Alverthorpe, near Wakefield, will juggle busy roles at the practice with studying for prestigious qualifications.
Michelle and Megan are both studying for their Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing at Myerscough College.
Cheryl, who is Nursing Manager at Chantry Vets, already holds an Advanced Diploma in Surgical Nursing and is now studying for a post-graduate MSc in Anaesthesia from Edinburgh University.
The trio join the practice’s other highly qualified veterinary nurses across Chantry Vets’ 12 surgeries, who hold certificates in areas including emergency and critical care, surgical nursing and physiotherapy.
Chantry Vets Practice Manager Victoria Lee said: “By encouraging staff to study for advanced qualifications, we are taking the veterinary nursing profession to a whole new level.
“They are challenging the perceived boundaries of where nurses fit into a veterinary practice and we want our nurses to develop their knowledge and skills.
“I have been in practice since 1996 and back then nurses were an under-utilised resource, but now they play a very prominent and important role in practices.”
Cheryl, a veterinary nurse for 18 years, believes giving staff the best possible career opportunities will benefit clients and their poorly pets.
She said: “The opportunities available to veterinary nurses open up another standard of learning and ability to enhance our nursing skills.
“I did a Nursing Certificate in Anaesthesia from Improve International and felt it was just the beginning of my personal learning journey.
“It means we are providing the best service and treatment we can for each and every patient.”