A veterinary cardiology nurse from the Royal Veterinary College has become the first nurse in the UK to earn a place on the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT) in the cardiology department.

A veterinary cardiology nurse from the Royal Veterinary College has become the first nurse in the UK to earn a place on the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT) in the cardiology department.

AIMVT is a group of veterinary technicians working specifically in internal medicine, who come from universities, specialty practices, referral practices, general practices, and research facilities across the world.

RVC cardiology nurse Charlotte PaceEach year the organisation receives hundreds of applications from veterinary technicians eager to become a part of the academy in its five department areas: large animal medicine; small animal medicine; cardiology; oncology; and neurology.

Charlotte Pace, a veterinary nurse for nine years, earned her chance to secure a place on the academy by completing 6,000 hours of work and 75 recorded case studies, which are both requirements during the AIMVT application process.

She was then one of 22 selected to travel to Anaheim in California, USA, where she took two exams (a 3.5 hour exam in cardiology and a 1.5 hour general medical exam), before finally being awarded with a place.

Charlotte said: “It’s a great moment for me personally and the Royal Veterinary College. The facilities and working environment, which included the teaching, experience and staff helped me during the application process and were factors in me being awarded a place on the AIMVT.

“I lost my husband four years ago due to complicated cardiac disease, which led to my initial interest in the subject and why I became a cardiology veterinary nurse in the first place. The application process gave me a new sense of purpose and focus, and is recognition for the long hours I’ve put in and my desire to progress further in the field of cardiology.” 

Charlotte has also set up a charity in her husband’s name. The Chris Pace Trust raises money for a school in Namibia and, so far, has raised £16,000. The Namibian government also matches whatever figure the charity raises.

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