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Mrs Helen Rosemary Farrant RVN


Helen qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1999 and nursed in a variety of practices (companion animal and mixed) before moving in to veterinary nurse education as a lecturer and internal verifier at a further education college. Helen subsequently moved to a multi-site companion practice in London as Lead Internal Verifier and then Training Manager. During this time, Helen was responsible for in house training and providing a nursing voice in key committees, quality improvement activities,, clinical governance and benchmarking of clinical and operational standards. Helen was also Head of Centre, leading the team in setting up and running an employer provider college for the practice, which teaches Level 2 qualifications and the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and was Designated Safeguarding Lead and sat on the college Advisory Board. Helen is currently Lead Professional Development Manager at Linnaeus, which involves creating career pathways and learning opportunities for veterinary nurses, as well as providing targeted support to individuals and practice teams. 

Helen completed a top up BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing and Business Management, is a qualified teacher and is currently completing an MBA in Clinical Leadership. 

Helen has previously been a member, officer and Advisory Board Member of the British Veterinary Nursing Association and sat on the RCVS Awarding Body Board and Advisory Board for Goddard veterinary Nursing College. She is currently a member of the Veterinary Nursing Journal Editorial Board and an OSCE examiner for several Awarding Organisations. As part of her role at Linnaeus, Helen sits on the Mars Veterinary Health Education Council and Nurse/Technician Education Sub-Committee. Helen is a member of the Advisory Board for the Mars Veterinary Health Training Centre in Novara, Italy. 

Committee membership

  • Charter Case Committee - Appointed August 2023


Declaration of Interests


  • THJ Enterprises Ltd - Director





Appointments to other bodies

  • British Veterinary Nursing Association - Current Member, Former Council Member and Officer VN, Executive Editor (2007 - 2012) and Former Advisory Board Member (2018-2021)
  • Veterinary Nursing Journal - Current Editorial Board Member
  • Major Employers Veterinary Nursing Group - Former Member (2020-2021)
  • Goddard Veterinary Nursing College Advisory Board (Former Member (2021-2022)
  • Vet Nurse Futures Group for Sustainable Workforce Committee - Former Member (2018-2021)
  • RCVS Awarding Body Board (Former Member 2008-2012)

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • British Veterinary Nursing Association - Member


  • Linnaeus (2021 - present)
  • Goddard Veterinary Group (2003 - 2021)
  • Occasional Employment at:
    • OSCE Examiner for Central Qualifications (2013 - present)
    • OSCE Examiner and Consultant for LANTRA (2021 - present)
    • OSCE Examiner for RCVS (2006 - 2013, 2023 - present)
    • Accreditation Panel Member for RCVS (2023 - present)
    • OSCE Examiner City and Guilds (2013 - 2022)

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing and Business Management 
  • Certificate in Education, University of East London
  • 7407 Further Education Teaching Certificate, City and Guilds
  • TDLB D32/33 (Assessor) and D34 (Internal Quality Assurance) Awards
  • Veterinary Nursing Examiner Qualification, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 
  • Level 3 - Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People, CACHE

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information

  • Student at Warwickshire College/University of Coventry (BSc Veterinary Nursin and Business Management) - 2011-2019
  • Current post graduate student at University of Birmingham (MBA Clinical Leadership) - 2023