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Matthew Rendle



Matthew Rendle, VN Council memberMatt started his veterinary nursing career at The Park Veterinary Centre, Watford in September 1989, a busy mixed and exotics 13-vet practice, where he completed his veterinary nursing qualification.

In 1994 he was made Senior Theatre Nurse. He left in 2003 to pursue his interest in zoo and wildlife nursing at the Zoological Society of London. Matthew left the Zoo in April 2017 to look for new challenges within exotic and wildlife nursing.

Matt has experience in the nursing care for many species from ants to elephants (and most things in-between) and has been fortunate to travel as part of his roles.

He lectures to veterinary nursing and veterinary surgeon undergraduates as part of their core modules on topics such as herpetological husbandry, and some areas of zoo and wildlife diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia. He also lectures extensively on herpetology throughout Europe and America. 

Matt has completed a three-year term on the British Veterinary Nursing Association Council, which allowed him to help promote and raise the profile of veterinary nursing in the UK.

Matt is the chair of AZEVN which he helped set up in 2016 to provide CPD for nurses working with Zoo, exotics and wildlife species.

VN Council Member category

  • Elected: 2016 - 2026

Committee membership

  • Veterinary Nurses Council (Vice-Chair)
  • Advancement of the Professions Committee
  • Standards Committee
  • Council Culture Working Group
  • VN Futures Project Board

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Member of editorial board: Magazine "The Veterinary Nurse" (part of MA Healthcare Ltd publishers)


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Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member: British Veterinary Nursing Association (formerly Honorary Treasurer)
  • Chair: Association of Zoo and Exotics Veterinary Nurses


Matt started his career at The Park Veterinary Centre as a trainee veterinary nurse in 1989. He qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1992, and then stayed at The Park Veterinary Centre until 2003 when he moved to the veterinary department at ZSL London Zoo, being promoted to Senior Clinical Veterinary Nurse in 2014. Matthew left the Zoo in April 2017. Matt has been fortunate to work with a huge variety of species in his role for ZSL, and in various countries.  

Matt is currently an exotics nurse at Tari vets in Essex. Matt provides nursing support for Wildlife Vets International.

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