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Teri-Ann Baldwin

RVNTeri-Ann Baldwin, VN Council 2022 election candidate

Candidate 2 of 9

Proposers: Stella Skelton, Ffion Johnson

Contact details

10 Llwynderw Road, Cardiff, CF14 1HW

M 07950 903 272

E Baldwinteriann@gmail.com

Candidate biography

I graduated from Hartpury College in 2013 with a Degree in Veterinary Nursing Science. I have been in practice since 2010. Following qualification, I worked in both small and mixed practice in South Wales before moving to London to work in a busy emergency and critical care hospital. After returning to Wales I have accepted positions as a senior and head nurse. I am currently the Head Nurse and Supervisor at Doctor Doolittle’s Vets in Cardiff.

I gained a passion for Veterinary nutrition shortly after qualifying, obtaining my Certificate in canine and Feline Veterinary Health Nutrition through COAPE in 2017. I am currently undertaking an Masters Degree in Animal Nutrition with University of Glasgow. I hope to continue my nutrition studies in the future and obtain a VTS qualification in the subject. I am a member of BVNA and I am an up to date Clinical Coach, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Outside of work I like to visit the beautiful scenery we have in Wales, as well as learning Welsh and attending concerts (when COVID allows!).

Candidate manifesto statement

If elected to VN Council, I believe I will be able to be a voice for those of us sometimes forgotten about as Veterinary professionals. I would advocate for the profession to be a kinder and more accepting place for LGBTQIA+ persons, but also for persons with mental health issues and disabilities.

I was diagnosed as on the autism spectrum in 2020, during the pandemic, when I was 29 years old. Since my diagnosis I have met other nurses like myself who have been diagnosed later in life.

If elected, I would be a voice for those who do not feel they have one, those who feel forgotten, I will advocate for more help, training and resources to help not only student nurses but qualified nurses who are trying to navigate nursing life while also discovering their own selves.

I feel it is important that all walks of the nursing profession are represented at a higher level and, if elected, I would ensure our voices are heard. With the increase in pet ownership, increase in demand for nurses and nursing staff and also the stress of loss of staff, it is important to safeguard our mental health and ensure we have protocols in place to protect ourselves from burn out. I would endeavour to ensure our environment is also a safe place for LGBTQIA+ voices.

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ family, myself also being non-binary, it is important that the Veterinary profession starts to lead by example with acceptance and understanding. I would be a voice for our LGBTQIA+ members, to ensure their concerns are heard, especially for our Trans family who deserve to be represented and also safe to live their true selves while working in the profession they want to, without prejudice.

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