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Miss Rebecca Jane Clark

Rebecca Jane Clark, VN Council 2021 election candidate RVN

Candidate 3 of 14

Proposers: Lyndsay O’Hanlon, Rebecca Wilton

Contact details

Support Adoption For Pets, Pets at Home, Chester House, Epsom Ave, Stanley Green Trading Estate, Handforth, Cheshire, SK9 3RN

M 07871977666

E rebeccaclark.rvn@gmail.com

W https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaclarkthervn

Candidate biography 

Rebecca Clark qualified in 2010 with an NVQ level 3 in Veterinary Nursing and has held a variety of related roles since, in practice and industry around the world. As a self-proclaimed ‘serial learner’, Rebecca has completed recognised courses in hydrotherapy, clinical massage therapy, emergency and critical care, and exotic small mammals. She is currently studying for certification in the human-animal bond and is fascinated by the positive physical and emotional benefits of pet ownership. With experience of speaking at conferences, holding live educational events on social media and writing for a species-specific publication, Rebecca believes that sharing knowledge is just as important as acquiring it.

Rebecca is passionate about charity and animal welfare, and is the Veterinary Welfare Advisor to the Support Adoption for Pets charity within the Pets At Home Group. She liaises closely with animal rescue organisations throughout the UK to help secure a brighter future for rescued pets. She is a member of the BVNA, ACV and AZEVN. In her own time she is training for a half-marathon and has a keen interest in sustainability. Based just outside of Manchester, her happy place is on long walks in the countryside with her terrier and rescue husky.

Candidate statement 

The RCVS is overhauling the veterinary nursing educational frameworks under the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. I have been a clinical coach and worked closely with students in practice for many years; I would confidently contribute to the development of standards for student veterinary nurses. I’m an advocate for comprehensive and inspiring education, whilst giving student veterinary nurses the support and courage needed when embarking on a new career.

Having studied continuously since qualifying 11 years ago, post-qualification training is a real interest of mine and has resulted in a variety of roles within practice and industry. Drawing on these experiences allows me to represent veterinary nurses from various walks of life.

The VN Council reviews and assesses post-qualification training and continuing professional development. My standpoint is that this should be accessible, specific, flexible and engaging, improving the working life of the registered veterinary nurse. With broader knowledge leading to increased job satisfaction and a potential career pathway for progression, I am confident we can elicit increased retention within our profession.

The RCVS vows to support the mental health and wellbeing of members of the veterinary team. Many RCVS initiatives however, such as the Mind Matters Initiative, are not widely known amongst the veterinary nursing community. I will push to increase awareness, and how to access the support and training they provide.

I will reinforce the need for clarity around expectations for us as veterinary professionals, and for this to be forefront in the development of the RCVS Academy.

We need confidence in those guiding the RCVS. If you put your confidence in me, I will enhance and advance the veterinary nursing profession by supporting the ambitions set out in the Strategic Plan and adhering to the RCVS’s values: clarity, courage, compassion and confidence.

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