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Veterinary Nursing Seminar

With Mini-Workshop
When: Thursday, September 15, 2011
7:00PM to 10:30PM
Venue: Mariner's Club, 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


Sophie Pullen
BSc(Hons) CertEd RVN
Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing,
Royal Veterinary College , University of London
Sophie has worked in both small animal and equine practice and has been involved in veterinary nurse education for a number of years. She is currently a lecturer in veterinary nursing at The Royal Veterinary College.
Sophie has a particular interest in animal welfare, ethics and the history of veterinary nursing. She has written a number of articles and is the editor of a book entitled 'Ethics, Law and the veterinary nurse'. She has also written chapters on ethics, law and professional practice for two veterinary nursing textbooks due to be published later this year.
Sophie has been a member of both the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council and the BVNA Council and in 2004 was awarded an Honorary Membership of the BVNA. She is currently a member of the Lantra Veterinary Activities Industry Group and was involved in the writing of the 2010 National Occupational Standards.
'Reflecting on practice: improving patient care'

For many years veterinary nurses have been providing care based on the problem that the patient has, for example 'the recumbent patient'. Veterinary nursing textbooks have perpetuated this situation as they often provide advice based on generic nursing care, for example: 'turn the animal every 2-4 hours' and 'ensure that the patient is placed on suitable bedding'. Have you ever wondered if this is the most appropriate thing to do?
Over the years veterinary nurses have become proficient at undertaking these prescribed nursing tasks and have passed on these skills to students both in the classroom and whilst in practice. Whilst the care provided may be good, we need to ask if it is the 'best'. Could we improve the care we give?
How often do we, as veterinary nurses, undertake tasks and nurse animals in a certain way because 'we have always done it like this'! Should we take a step back and consider alternatives?
The aim of this mini-workshop is to encourage veterinary nurses to evaluate current nursing practice and develop ideas for future nursing practice through the process of reflection.
Thursday 15th September, 2011
Mariner's Club, 11 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Dinner from 7.00pm, lectures from 8.00-10.30pm
Cost: The early bird rate of HK$120 for all Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Assistants applies for on-line registrations received by 11.30pm on Wednesday 14th September. On-line registrations must be accompanied by credit card payment and will not be accepted after 11.30pm on the eve of the seminar. The cost of the seminar for people who register and pay on the night will be HK$250.
Solely sponsored by:
Please register for the seminar on-line at the HKVA Website by 14th September. For enquiries please forward to
Remember to check out the HKVA Website for links to other CPD providers.