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Kirsten Cavill

Kirsten Cavill, VN Council 2022 election candidate BSc(Hons) RVN

Candidate 4 of 9

Proposers: Tanya Whipps, Carolanne Cicero

Contact details 

60 Plover Rise, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9DA

T 01752 894 997

M 07786 895 991


Candidate biography

Kirsty Cavill BSc (Hons) RVN

Canine Myotherapist

Kirsty qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1991, initially working for the PDSA, Kirsty has since worked in small animal, mixed and zoological environments. She graduated with an honours degree in natural and environmental science in 2016. She has had a career-long interest in the management and rehabilitation of senior, arthritic and physically compromised patients. In 2018, Kirsty completed a diploma in myotherapy and runs her own canine rehabilitation business, specialising in the management of senior patient care, osteoarthritis management and musculoskeletal health. Kirsty is Head Nurse at The Vet Connection, a volunteer nurse advisor with Canine Arthritis Management and a volunteer nurse lead with the veterinary charity, StreetVet. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists and an accredited member of the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance. 

Kirsty has completed the RCVS Edward Jenner Veterinary Leadership programme and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Kirsty regularly writes articles for publication and presents webinars on senior pet care, osteoarthritis and pain management and was a speaker on this subject area at London Vet Show 2021

In 2021, Kirsty was awarded with the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Golden Jubilee Award and the BVNA Impact Award.

Candidate manifesto statement 

I believe that the career of a veterinary nurse should be both rewarding and progressive, and that the reality of the role should reflect the years of study, dedication, and hard work required to qualify. Nurses are highly skilled professionals who deserve to be recognised with a salary which is both appropriate and reflective of their qualifications.

Promoting veterinary nursing as a valued profession is a priority, which I believe is best achieved through the development of knowledge-based skills and through the practice of evidence-based nurse centric care. 

Through the development of specialist roles, and with the provision of rewarding and aspirational career pathways we can encourage all nurses to achieve their full potential and job satisfaction.

Empowering nurses to achieve their personal and professional goals, whilst increasing overall diversity is a priority. As a mental health first aider within the profession, I fully appreciate that mental health and wellbeing should be at the forefront of our minds, to help us support and retain highly skilled and experienced nurses.

Nurses should be encouraged to reflect on their work and be motivated to seek new and exciting pathways to direct their own careers. I believe that fostering a positive and accessible educational culture, is the cornerstone in achieving these goals.

In 2021 I was honoured and humbled to be awarded the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Golden Jubilee Award and BVNA Impact Award and feel a deep sense of duty to give back to my peers, colleagues, and the wider profession, which has supported me for the past 30 years.

If entrusted with your vote, I will endeavour to drive the profession forwards, be your voice to effect change and follow through with the excellent work already underway, on the Strategic Plan and VN Futures Initiative.

Proud to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

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