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Ms Sally Bowden BSc(Hons)CertEd RVN


Sally Bowden, VN PIC Committee member

Sally Bowden qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1990 and spent ten years working in general practice before becoming a lecturer and assessor in veterinary nursing and related subject areas. 

After five years, she returned to practice part-time as a consulting nurse and assessor, combining this role with running a vet nursing CPD and education consultancy business. 

Moving to New Zealand in 2006, she worked in a surgical referral practice and in education, until her return to the UK in 2010. Sally then ran a vet nursing education consultancy service and was also the principal examiner for a veterinary nursing awarding body until she returned to college life as a peripatetic assessor in 2013.  

Sally has contributed to several veterinary nursing textbooks and has also written her own anatomy and physiology book. She is a past associate editor of the Veterinary Nursing Journal. 

She has served on RCVS VN Council, being Vice Chair between 2001 and 2004. She has also been a senior examiner and question writer for the RCVS and the BVNA. As well as veterinary nursing education and assessment, Sally’s interests include the extended role of the vet nurse, in particular the nurse/client interface.

Committee membership

  • VN Preliminary Investigation Committee – appointed 2016

Declaration of interests


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Appointments to other bodies

  • City & Guilds – Independent External Examiner for veterinary nursing examinations

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • British Veterinary Nursing Association - Honorary Member


  • Curriculum Team Leader, Assessor, Verifier and Lecturer - Writtle College Chelmsford, Essex (2013 - present)

  • Examiner, Question writer and Scrutineer, Principal Examiner - Central Qualifications Elmtree Business Park, Elmtree, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (2011-2013)
  • Trainer and Facilitator - Onswitch Limited South Suite, The Keep, The Old Barracks, Grantham, Lincolnshire (2010-2011)
  • Lecturer,  Course Developer - Otago Polytechnic Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand (2006-2010)
  • Veterinary Nurse - Veterinary Surgical Specialities Christchurch, New Zealand (2006-2007)
  • Founding Co-Director - 2by2 Training Ltd, Austens, Broad Oak Brede, East Sussex (2002-2006)

  • Senior Veterinary Nurse and Assessor - The Wylie Veterinary Centre (previously Wylie & Partners), 196 Hall Lane, Upminster, Essex (2002-2006)

  • BSc Placement Officer, Lecturer, Internal Verifier - The College of Animal Welfare, Boltons Park Farm, Hawkshead Lane, Potters BarHertfordshire (2001-2002)
  • Lecturer, Course manager, Internal verifier, Assessor - Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex (1997-2001)
  • Assistant Examiner, Examiner and Question writer, RCVS Veterinary Nursing Examinations, Promoted to Senior Examiner in 2005 - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London (1997-2006)

  • Examiner and question writer, Pre Veterinary Nursing/Animal Nursing Assistant

    Moderator, Pre Veterinary Nursing/Animal Nursing Assistant -

    Awarding Body Consortium, Duxbury Park, Chorley, Lancashire (1999-2006)

  • Writer,co-author and author of various veterinary nursing titles -

    Butterworth Heinemann/ Elsevier Life Sciences

    Linacre House, Jordan Hill, Oxford, Oxon (1999-present)

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Certificate in Education
  • BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

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Other relevant information

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