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Mrs Samantha Jayne Anderson

Samantha Jayne Anderson, 2021 VN Council election candidate RVN

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Proposers: Zoe Meads, Sairead Wild

Contact details

1 Raynham Road, Helhoughton, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7BQ

T 01485 528519

M 07772613106

E sanderson609@googlemail.com

Candidate biography

My vet nursing journey started as a student in mixed practice in Hampshire, culminating in being Head Nurse. I am of the Green Book generation and trained through both correspondence course in conjunction with PDSA and local technical college. After spending ten years in the same practice, I then moved into teaching, setting up animal care courses at a college where I also gained my teaching qualifications.

As a mum with a growing family, we decided to relocate to Norfolk. I remained in further education now with significant input into veterinary nurse training for the next eleven years, progressing to the role of Curriculum Manager. My career then moved into practice management level as a result of redundancy, overseeing several veterinary practices for one of the veterinary groups.

After four years, I briefly transitioned to practice director for a large veterinary referral hospital before returning to education in 2019, I am currently working as a Practice Manager in a large practice in Norfolk. Outside of work I am usually found on my yoga mat, practicing, not very well I might add or walking my dog. Yoga has simply helped my personal wellbeing and mental health.

Candidate statement

2021 sees me in my thirtieth year in the profession and working to my own personal mantra of ‘wanting to make a difference’ putting myself forward to be a VN council member seemed to be a natural step for me, having missed out on election last year.

I have spent most of my working career training the nurses of the future, I absolutely love teaching, it has bought me many joys and challenges, but I ultimately love seeing student’s flourish. My overarching aim of teaching is to produce nurses that are confident, empowered and reflective practitioners. They should feel able to have input into practice and be recognised and fully utilised as they move into their professional status. Through discussion with the students and peers, I am aware that not all veterinary nurses feel they are fully recognised or have a rewarding career path. Once qualified, I believe veterinary nurses should be proud of their profession and be able to maximise their potential and skills in their professional careers through post registration training and qualifications. It shouldn’t stop when we become an RVN and we should have a choice on how this can be achieved.

My veterinary nursing qualification has always been at the basis of my career path, I remain very passionate about vet nurse training but equally I am also an advocate for mental wellbeing having faced my own personal challenges. It is important as a profession that our own wellbeing is managed, that we create a supported profession and get an important life balance.

Despite not being elected last year I remain resolute and reasons for putting myself forward for election remain the same, I would like to have the opportunity to utilise the skills that I have gained to represent the profession on the VN Council.