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Sophie Louise Connolly

Sophie Louise Connolly, VN Council 2022 election candidate RVN, DipAVN, MRes Anthrozoology

Candidate 5 of 9

Proposers: Harriet Tims, Jolene Crowther

Contact details 

The Park Vet Group, 162 Dominion Road, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8JA

L 0116 231 1635

M 07968 764 450


W Linkedin- Sophie Connolly

Candidate biography

I am a driven veterinary nurse with high aspiration and enthusiasm to support the continuing development of the nursing profession. After completing an advanced apprenticeship in in Veterinary nursing, I qualified and joined the register in 2010. In 2015 I completed my Advanced Diploma with Harper Adams University, followed by a Masters of Research in Anthrozoology in 2017 at Nottingham Trent University. I have worked in a variety of veterinary nursing roles, within education, research centres and in veterinary practices, with my roles focused on driving continuous improvements. I am also currently a member of the BVNA. My current role is working as Group Nursing Manager for the Park Vet Group, part of the Linnaeus group in Leicestershire.

Outside of veterinary nursing, my hobbies include being a volunteer coach and committee member for a local rowing club, as well as rowing myself. My previous rowing achievements include trialling for GB rowing team, competing and winning gold for England, racing at national and international level events and holding the British and World Record for the indoor ultramarathon on Concept 2.

Candidate manifesto statement 

I am an enthusiastic and optimistic veterinary nurse, practicing with openness and honesty, applying to stand for election to VN Council in 2022. I have over 10 years post registration experience, including further studies- RCVS Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and a Masters of Research. I have worked within our profession across a variety of veterinary nursing roles, including teaching, clinical coaching, research, 1st opinion and referral practice, leadership and management. I believe my experience can offer a great perspective on all areas of veterinary nursing. I also have previous experience of serving on a committee for a non-profit organisation, where my duties included attending monthly and annual meetings, reviewing annual membership fees, policy development and working collaboratively with all committee members to ensure effective governance of the organisation.

I feel passionate about:

  • Promoting the veterinary nursing industry to encourage and enable any person to find the right pathway to train to become a veterinary nurse and join our rewarding profession.
  • Identifying opportunities for growth and development of veterinary nurses through meaningful conversations and reflection.
  • Exploring career pathways and opportunities for veterinary nurses post registration.
  • Promoting positive working environments with great communication and researching ways of improving mental wellbeing across the industry.
  • Celebrating achievements across the profession and empowering others to succeed.
  • Always striving for excellent patient care for all animals, to promote welfare and reduce suffering.
  • How veterinary nurses can contribute to sustainability in veterinary practice.

If elected to VN Council, I would consider it a privilege to represent my profession and would carry out my duties with care and professionalism.

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