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Kirsty Young

RVN PG Diploma in Veterinary Education

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Proposers: Samantha Fontaine, Abigail Joanne Barnes

Contact details

SRUC Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE

T 01387 860251
E [email protected]

Candidate biography

Kirsty Young, 2024 VN Council election candidate Kirsty Young has been a qualified veterinary nurse with RCVS since 1999, and is currently Head of Veterinary & Animal Sciences at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Kirsty has led both further and higher education level of VN programmes during her career, recognises the benefits to different qualification routes. She has supported veterinary nursing students, and led veterinary nursing curriculum development, and programme validation/accreditation for over 20 years. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Education from Royal Veterinary College, is currently at the finishing stages of the Masters of Science degree, and is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Her areas of research include veterinary nursing clinical decisions, professional identity and evidence-based patient care, working with veterinary nurses to explore current practices. Kirsty also regularly contributes to veterinary nursing accreditation panels for RCVS as chair and education representative, reviewing VN programmes across the United Kingdom.

Candidate statement

I would like to be considered as a candidate for RCVS Veterinary Nursing Council. As a dedicated veterinary nurse with a commitment to the advancement of our profession, I am keen to contribute to the future direction and standards of veterinary nursing.

With over 25 years of experience as a veterinary nurse, I understand the challenges and opportunities that shape our profession, including fairness and equity, well-being, and sustainability. I am particularly focussed on the development of a clear identity and voice for the veterinary nursing profession, advocating for better recognition and empowerment of veterinary nurses, and their professional growth.

If elected, I look forward to contributing to the work of RCVS in the following areas:

Legislative Reform: Veterinary nursing requires a positive definition which reflects, with clarity, the strengths of our profession and recognises the pivotal role of the VN in patient care.

Promotion of Well-being: The well-being of our colleagues is a top priority and I support initiatives that promote mental health awareness, and a supportive work environment.

Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion: Our profession thrives on diversity of perspectives, therefore seeks to remove barriers to build inclusive environments regardless of background or identity.

Advocacy for Professional Development: I believe in the importance of development for veterinary nurses, creating equitable opportunities for professional growth, and including mentorship initiatives.

Enhancement of VN Standards: Upholding the highest standards of care and education is paramount to our profession, ensuring that veterinary nurses are equipped to excel in their career.

As a member of RCVS VN Council, I would seek to serve the best interests of veterinary nurses and the animals under our care. I am passionate about shaping the future of our profession and ensuring that veterinary nursing remains a respected part of the veterinary team.