Miss Karlien Heyrman


Candidate 4 of 10


Karlien Heyrman Proposers

Rachel James, Catriona Curtis


Address and contact details

Isambard House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EH

M 07484 098609

E karlienheyrman@hotmail.com



Candidate biography 

Following graduation from Edinburgh in 2010 I volunteered as a vet in India for 6 weeks, before starting work in mixed practice in Gloucestershire. I transitioned into small animal practice and have worked in both independent and corporate practices. While I enjoyed the variety of first opinion practice, I found that after six years I was looking for something a bit different to continue to challenge me both professionally and personally. I was offered the role of Clinical Services Manager for Vets4Pets which has enabled me to use my clinical knowledge and experience in new ways, whilst broadening my experience and skills. Leaving practice was a leap of faith, but it has reinvigorated my passion for the veterinary profession and animal health and welfare. I’m a member of the BSAVA Education Committee and PDP Editorial Board, and I also enjoy my role with RCVS Knowledge on the QI Advisory Board developing online resources on clinical governance. Outside of work I’m a keen runner and ladies captain of my local running club, occasionally venturing into triathlon territory. I’m the proud owner of a very mischievous Maine Coon called Wolfie.


Candidate manifesto

The veterinary profession is facing unprecedented challenges in a changing world, specifically with attraction and retention. I’m passionate about all vets having thriving and rewarding careers. Having gone through a time of reflection and diversification myself, I understand the many challenges the profession faces, particularly in primary-care practice. I fully support the current direction the College is taking towards a culture that has a greater focus on learning and personal development.

We need to make sure newly qualified vets have a better understanding of the many roles available, as well as ensure that general practice can provide a fulfilling career. Having been involved in the recent RCVS and BSAVA research project to evaluate the impact of the PDP on vet graduates, I’m committed to improving the development of career paths from undergraduate onwards.

Another challenge is, of course, Brexit. I’m one of the 7,000 EU vets working in this country, attracted by the high standards of animal health and welfare and excellent standards of veterinary education. I can bring first hand and live experience of living with the uncertainty of future residence and working rights. As a profession already struggling with recruitment and retention, it is vital we maintain a strong veterinary workforce.

The RCVS has confirmed MRCVS status will be maintained after Brexit, but I would want to provide my personal perspective to the lobbying the RCVS are already doing, to ensure that EU vets and nurses are prioritised for UK work visas, and those already resident in the UK are guaranteed indefinite leave to remain.

Veterinary is a fascinating profession to be a part of - whatever your role. My commitment is to represent the current views of vets, shape solutions and help move the profession forwards. It’s only by working together that we can make positive change.

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