Greenmount campus to host Vet Nursing Vision workshop

Greenmount campus to host Vet Nursing Vision workshop

Next month the first in a series of Vet Nursing Vision workshops is taking place at the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise’s Greenmount Campus in County Antrim.

The aim of the workshops will be to ask delegates what they think, or hope, veterinary nursing will look like in 2035 in areas such as education and training, the structure of delivery of care, what veterinary nurses can do, and practice culture.

The sessions will encourage open-minded, unrestricted thinking to explore how positive changes for the professions might be achieved and the steps that need to be taken on the way.

The VN Futures project is a joint endeavour between the RCVS and the BVNA and is focused on ensuring that veterinary nursing remains a vibrant, rewarding and sustainable profession, as well as helping refresh understanding of where veterinary nurses and student vet nurses feel the delivery of team-based veterinary healthcare currently is, and also where it should be heading.

The Greenmount event takes place on May 8 from 6.15pm to 9.30pm and will be hosted by Julie Dugmore, RCVS Director of Veterinary Nursing, and Jill Macdonald, VN Futures Project Lead.

Jill Macdonald

Jill (pictured) said: “I do hope veterinary nurses from across Northern Ireland and beyond can join us for what is sure to be a fascinating evening of discussions about where we want to be as a profession and how we can take steps to manifest that vision.

“These workshops will also form part of an overall refresh of the VN Futures project. A lot has happened in the world and in the veterinary sector in the eight years since it was launched and the veterinary nursing profession itself has more than doubled in size.

“While VN Futures has continued to stay relevant in its focus on career development and showcasing the diversity of career options open to veterinary nurses, the new reality means we need to reconsider the fundamental aims of the project.

“If you come along please bring your ideas about your aspirations for the profession, what you’d do to ensure more people want to stay within the profession for longer, and how you’d encourage VNs to feel proud of their professions and inspire subsequent generations to want to join it.”

Two further Vet Nursing Vision events will also be taking place this year. These are:

  • Wednesday 26 June 2024 at Edinburgh Napier University; and
  • Thursday 11 July 2024 at Harper Adams in Shropshire.

To sign up to the Northern Ireland event go to its dedicated Eventbrite page. If you have any questions about the Vet Nursing Vision events please contact Jill Macdonald on