DipAVN (Medical) VTS (Oncology) RVN
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner & Faculty Instructor
Canine & Feline Trainer & Behaviour Practitioner
“I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002 from general practice. I then worked at the Royal Veterinary College, before moving on to Edinburgh University’s Hospital for Small Animals in 2004. There I obtained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2005, before becoming an oncology nurse with the cancer service in 2006. In 2009, I became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology, and a member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians.
As well as my specialist interest in oncology, I also have interests in analgesia, clinical nutrition, medical nursing, behavioural health & welfare, maintenance of optimum quality of life in chronically ill patients & clinical teaching. Low stress veterinary practice is a passion which allows me to meld my veterinary nursing & training knowledge for the benefit of patients, staff & owners.
I regularly write & present on these topics for the veterinary press & at CPD events.
My interest in training & behaviour evolved over my nursing career as I became more aware of its importance to our patient’s needs in their medical care, especially in my work with feline & oncology patients, & those requiring chronic care. In 2012, I became one the first U.K. graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour, & am now proud to be faculty member at the Academy too. I hold advanced diplomas in canine & feline behaviour & am currently studying towards a Veterinary Technician specialty in Behaviour.
I own & run Inspiring Pet Teaching, aimed at pet & owner training & education, as well as CPD provision for VNs & para-professionals.”