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Holly Witchell

Holly Witchell, VN Council 2022 election candidate RVN

Candidate 9 of 9

Proposers: Elizabeth Covey, Thomas Smith

Contact details

9 Wainwright Close, Worle, Weston super Mare, BS22 7QS

M 07890 959 204

E holly.witchell@bristol.ac.uk

W https://www.langfordvets.co.uk/meet-the-team/holly-witchell/

Candidate biography

I started my veterinary nurse training at a small animal practice in Staffordshire in 2004 and qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2008 from Bottle Green Training LTD. Post qualifying, I went on to work in a busy tier 3 veterinary hospital for 2 years and then left to volunteer at Tasikoki Wildlife Centre in Indonesia for 2 months.

I joined Langford Vets in 2011, where I began my role as a night nurse and went on to work within the ICU. In 2013 I gained my certificate in emergency and critical care (CertVNECC) and stepped into the head ICU nurse role at Langford vets. I achieved the veterinary technician specialist status in emergency and critical care (VTS(ECC)) in 2015 and in 2021 I was awarded my diploma in advanced veterinary nursing (DipAVN) from Harper Adams University. I stepped down as head ICU nurse in 2020 to enjoy a more clinical role within the ICU team.

I am very passionate about ECC and ICU nursing, I want to help nurses to know their potential and what pathways are open to them to help progress their skills and knowledge.

Candidate manifesto statement 

I have been an RVN for many years and I still love my job. I love the hands-on nursing care I get to give my patients everyday and learning new skills to make me better at my job. I enjoy providing CPD to other veterinary professionals, teaching vet and vet nurse students practically on clinics and formally off clinics. I think we are an amazing group of professionals who can adapt to any situation thrown our way and how teamwork has always been a strong ethos in our profession.

I would like to become a voice for all nurses who are looking for further progression within the veterinary nurse profession. I am very keen in supporting changing the mindset that is currently holding veterinary nursing back, we should be looking into advanced practitioner qualifications that give us the opportunities to place IV’s, take blood samples and administer fluids using our own judgement, skills, and knowledge that we have been thoroughly assessed on, working alongside vets. Nurses don’t want to be mini vets they want to be able to make their patients feel better through advanced nursing care and management.

This could help with retention of nurses and create pathways for career progression without nurses having to go into management; with nurses getting well paid for being clinically excellent at our jobs no matter what your specialised area is for example general practice or anaesthesia. I would love to be able to represent the nursing profession on the VN council and enhance communications to the wider VN community.

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