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Dr Zara Kennedy


Candidate 8 of 14

Proposers: Dr Mandisa Greene, Dr Laura Playforth

Contact details

M 07885 881 285
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Candidate biography

Zara Kennedy, 2024 RCVS Council election candidateI became a vet in 2010, graduating from Liverpool and remaining in the city where I worked in small animal practice. I made the move to OOH practice and thrived in an environment that allowed me to support owners at a difficult time and stretch my comfort zone in ECC. I have continued my career in ECC and I am now also undertaking a masters in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors. I am so intrigued by the human impact on our everyday work and patient outcomes.

Mum to 3 boys, I’ve balanced out being outnumbered with our 3 dogs Lily, Bella and Evie. Before kids I loved to run, life happened and this took a back seat. Having taken up running again, I completed my first ultramarathon last year. It was brutal, exhilarating and yes I have signed up to my next one. But this one is double the distance! As a family we love a Park Run on a Saturday morning and cycling in the New Forest. The house is also overrun with blankets; I like to crochet and the possibilities are endless!

Candidate statement 

I am standing for RCVS council because I want to deliver pragmatic and positive change within the profession. In my everyday work I place a particular emphasis on human factors and its significance in how we deliver care to our patients. I am dedicated to integrating this understanding and approach into RCVS council. I am pragmatic and realistic, viewing decisions through the lens of the end-users. RCVS must better critically assess how changes practically affect veterinary teams, ensuring that policies not only meet standards but also genuinely serve those at the forefront of veterinary care. Something that I suggest could have been improved in the implementation of the Under Care changes.

As a working mum, I understand the challenges faced by those balancing the demands of veterinary practice and family. Having had to close the door on opportunities myself, I want to ensure viable progression routes exist. The RCVS has made good progress with the Clinical Career Pathway project announcement last year and I am committed to supporting and pushing this forward in a way that respects the diverse needs of our profession.

Greater focus is needed on effective communication with the profession and public from the RCVS, particularly through times of change and challenge. The Under Care changes offer opportunities to the profession to innovate and progress but this has been lost in its implementation and communication. A further example is the XL bully ban; highlighting where the RCVS could and should be doing more to inform the public and provide guidance for its members on how to approach these incredibly challenging times. I am saddened to see veterinary professionals left having to defend themselves and as a member of council would actively address this issue. The well-being of our profession is extremely important to me.