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Katherine Kissick



Kathy Kissick, VN Council memberKathy qualified as a RANA in 1983 and has been lucky enough to teach animal care, veterinary nursing and equine nursing at all levels and eventually progressed into leadership and management as Head of Department for Animal Care, Veterinary Nursing, Equine and Farriery Science at Myerscough College. Kathy ran the College Connemara Stud where she also kept and bred her own Connemara ponies.

She now holds a Master’s degree in Education and has used her research into blended learning courses to develop a range of undergraduate and postgraduate blended learning courses.

Kathy led and managed more than 500 students and 28 members of staff and was fortunate enough to project manage and ultimately manage a bespoke state-of-the-art veterinary nursing clinical and educational building.

Kathy was a member of RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council for 8 years and, in her capacity as Chair of VN Council, was honoured to be the first VN to sit on the RCVS Operational Board and be involved in the implementation of the Royal Charter, ensuring that registered veterinary nurses are accepted as professionals.

Kathy is an Honorary member of BEVA, in recognition of her contribution to equine veterinary nursing training, and has also been awarded BSAVA's Bruce Vivash Jones award and the RCVS Golden Jubilee award for outstanding contributions to veterinary nursing.

Kathy's passion has always been in ethics and the professional veterinary nurse along with community veterinary nursing and, on taking early retirement from teaching, she has gone back into clinical veterinary nursing in practice in the Channel Islands where she locums, run her own designer clothes and cycle hire business, and is involved as a veterinary nursing consultant for a number of course providers and a new awarding organisation.

Kathy lives on Alderney with her husband and two dogs, a rescue tortoise and a rescue amazon grey parrot.

VN Council Member category

  • Appointed Veterinary Nurse: 2018 - 2024

Committee membership

  • Veterinary Nurses Council

Declaration of interests



Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives



  • VetSkill Awarding Organisation - Consultant RVN - Level 3 VN Diploma (Companion Animals)
  • Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing - Consultant RVN - teaching/course provision in Channel Islands
  • Royal Agricultural University - Consultant RVN - accreditation

Appointments to other bodies

  • Veterinary Nursing Schools Council - Chair
  • Alderney Animal Welfare Trust - Trustee
  • Alderney Animal Welfare Society - Chair
  • External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University Veterinary Nursing degree programmes
  • Aberystwyth University Veterinary Nursing External Advisor

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



  • Myerscough College – Head of Animal Care, VN and Equine, 1998 - 2006
  • Myerscough College – Head of Department VN and Farriery, 2000 - 2017
  • Alderney Animal Welfare – VN / Locum VN, 2015 - present



Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Certificate in Education
  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • Marine Mammal Medic Certificate

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • None

Other relevant information