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Susan Howarth

DipAVN (Surgical) DipAVN (Medical) RVN


Susan Howarth

Susan qualified in 1997 and spent a number of years working in a busy first opinion small animal practice near Manchester. During her time there she gained the Diploma in Advanced Surgical and Medical Nursing and trained as Clinical Coach.

After a period of locuming at various referral and first opinion practices around the UK, Susan moved into veterinary nurse education in 2003. She is currently the Programme Manager of Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University, overseeing the undergraduate degree, the RCVS Dip AVN and postgraduate Vet Nursing courses.

VN Council Member category

  • Elected: 2017 - 2027

Committee membership

  • Veterinary Nurses Council (Vice-Chair)
  • Veterinary Nurse Education Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Limited Licensure & Reasonable Adjustment Working Party

Declaration of interests


Director (& company secretary) for my husband’s building company, Simple Building Ltd

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

  • Royal Veterinary College - External Examiner, Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
  • Dublin University College - External Examiner, Veterinary Nursing

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations



  • August 2009 – present. Harper Adams University, Programme Manager for Veterinary Nursing Courses 
  • 2003 – 2009 College of Animal Welfare (Manchester & Leeds), Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing 
  • 2001 – 2003 Victoria Veterinary Centre, Glossop, Head Nurse
  • 1995 – 2001 Gourley’s Veterinary Surgery, Ashton-under-Lyne, Veterinary Nurse

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
  • Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy