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Mr Thomas Griffiths

Thomas Griffiths, VN Council 2021 election candidate DipAVN (Small Animal) RVN

Candidate 6 of 14

Proposers: Kathryn Latimer, Hannah Goddard

Contact details

6 Witney Lane, Edge, Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8JJ

T 01948 820083

M 07812374219

E tomgriffiths83@btinternet.com

Candidate biography

After leaving school I went straight into an equine qualification for four years, I had my heart set on working with horses, this is where my interest of the veterinary world developed after completing 3 weeks work experience at an equine clinic in Derby, I completed my qualification and managed to get a placement in a mixed practice in Cheshire, where I spent 14 years, covering all aspects of mixed practice, and where I gained my nursing qualification in 2015 and became a clinical coach for a short period of time.

I decided to take my qualification to the next step and increase my knowledge by studying a BSc Hons in veterinary nursing which also included the advance diploma, completing it in September 2020.I now work in a very busy, referral hospital in the Northwest. I have held a position in a couple of different departments, initially a rotating nurse, followed by a medicine nurse and currently hold the position of pharmacy nurse along with the title pharmacy and purchasing supervisor. I also have a keen interest in training an education gaining my level 3 in education in November 2020 which I’m keen to develop in to an assessor’s qualification.

Candidate statement

Having benefitted from good development opportunities, where colleagues have taken the time to discuss and mentor me in a practical environment, I am passionate about championing the initial training and development of vet nurses, encouraging them to progress their knowledge and development with mentoring and further CPD courses and qualifications.

My second passion is found more recently through using evidence and research to increase the standards of practice. Examples of this are from my last role and current role in the industry. Firstly - part of my BSc Hons my research project was around researching catheter care through researching evidence on saline flush. Secondly – improving the standards of administrating medication in my latest role as pharmacy nurse.

I feel through my experience and development opportunities I have had I stand to champion the mentoring, education and development of all veterinary nurses – no matter what stage they are at to ensure best practice in the industry and would be a voice for all of us on the council.

If you elect me, I will ensure I:

  • Will be passionate, dedicated and endeavour to voice the thoughts and opinions of all those I represent to overcome the challenges to aid and adapt the development of the profession especially in these recent difficult times.
  • Will value sitting in a position where I can have a strong voice for nurses and support projects that promote nurses caring for themselves while increasing satisfaction with the work they do.
  • Will represent veterinary nurses with honesty and enthusiasm, whenever called upon.

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