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Dr Matshidiso (Tshidi) Gardiner

Tshidi Gardiner, RCVS Council election candidate 2021BSc BVSc Pg Cert Surg MRCVS

Candidate 4 of 14

Proposers: Mr Nigel Clarke, Dr Max Heard

Contact details

2 Gerway Close, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1GL

T 01404 812 944

M 07895 881 291



Candidate biography

1997 – Completed a BSc (Durban) then graduated with a BVSc from the University of Pretoria in fondly referred to as Onderstepoort in 2003. I have worked in Devon for the past 18 years. I started out working at an equine charity then moved to mixed practice. I locumed as a new mum and then worked as an exclusive OOH emergency vet.

In 2014, I became a partner in a small animal practice. I have worked for corporates and also been a JVP as sole charge and principal veterinary surgeon of the practice for 5 years. During this time, I acquired training practice status, got RCVS PSS accreditation and was a Clinical Coach.

2017 – 2019 I was employed by Duchy College as an OSCE examiner for the FdSc Veterinary Nurse exams. I have guest lectured at Bicton College, Bristol University & Onderstepoort. In 2019, I completed a Pg Cert Surg, Life Coaching Diploma & NLP training.

Currently completing Edward Jenner Leadership Certificate with NHS Academy & RCVS.

Outside work I am a keen biohacker, nutrition and personal development junkie. Currently completing a certificate in Human Nutrition.

Member of BVA, Vet Voices, Vet Mums, BVEDS, Veterinary Women in Leadership, NOMV.

Candidate manifesto

My Background:-

I didn’t dream of being a vet as a child – I was drawn to it, it was a calling that I could not ignore. I had no mentors or vets in the family to look up to. But carving a life where I could be instrumental in uplifting human and animal lives alike was a dream life for me.

My Priorities:-

Mental Health & Wellbeing of the Veterinary Profession at large is one of my top priorities. Recently, we have seen first-hand how lengthy investigations can erode one's personal sense of self and cause unfathomable damage. My focus will be to promote inclusive and supportive work environments with a specific emphasis on the Professional Personal Development (PPD) that actively encourages recognising the importance of the veterinary teams mental wellness.

Transformational Leadership goes hand in glove with uplifting the entire team's mental wellbeing. This is a minimum requirement for any leader who wants to breed change in as many ways as possible for the benefit of the whole team. All of the vets end up in a leadership position whether they realise or not. The looming issues facing the profession will need strong leadership to guide us through this next chapter. I am specifically interested in the Work done by the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group.

My Promise:-

This is definitely not about what I can get out of being on the council but what I can give back to our profession, to you. I will be an outspoken ambassador of the veterinary voice. I am committed to exposing the stress & burnout plaguing our industry. Only we can be instrumental in reducing the brain drain from our profession. I would be honoured to represent you and your ideas. I urge you to vote for your own future.

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