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Samantha Jayne Anderson

Samantha Jayne Anderson, VN Council 2022 election candidate RVN

Candidate 1 of 9

Proposers: Zoe Meads, Sairead Wild

Contact details 

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

M 07772 613 106


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 as Course Director and lecturer teaching veterinary nursing students. I am currently back in clinical practice for a Norfolk based practice working as practice manager.

Outside of work I am usually found on my yoga mat, practicing, not very well I might add or walking. Both help support my mental wellbeing.

Candidate manifesto statement

My passion and commitment to be able to represent the profession on the VN Council can hopefully be demonstrated by my determination to put myself forward once again this year. I did wonder if I should stand again, but having reflected, I believe having spent thirty years in the profession that I love, it still feels a natural step for me. I remain true to my own personal mantra of ‘wanting to make a difference’.

I have spent most of my working career training the nurses of the future, it has bought me many joys and challenges, seeing students flourish. My overarching aim of my time in teaching was to produce nurses that are confident, empowered and reflective practitioners.

I firmly believe veterinary nurses should be proud of their profession and be able to maximise their potential and skills in their professional careers ensuring that they progress and move forward past post registration. We are not ‘just' veterinary nurses we are individuals in our own right, with a long and proud history.

That being said, having spent the last eighteen months back in clinical practice the demands on the profession and the impact of Covid-19 has been extremely challenging ultimately impacting on the wellbeing of all our clinical staff. My veterinary nursing qualification has always been at the basis of my career path, I am 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.

I would like the opportunity to represent the profession on the VN Council, I believe that we still have plenty to do but veterinary nursing has a positive future. 

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