CVS has appointed its first director of nursing, in a move it said is designed to “champion” the role of veterinary nurses within its practices.
VN Belinda Andrews-Jones joins CVS from the RCVS Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, where she was senior nurse in the emergency and critical care department, and a clinical educator.
Mrs Andrews-Jones said: “Our VNs are the cornerstone of CVS and fundamental to our continued success and expansion. In my new role, I aim to ensure every one of them feels empowered to reach their full potential and is passionate about the importance of their role in their practice and to CVS as a whole.
“I will also be looking at every aspect of our nurses’ work to ensure we remain abreast of the latest thinking and are providing a truly exceptional level of nursing to our patients.”
Mrs Andrews-Jones qualified from the RVC in 1996, after which she gained experience in both the UK and Australia working in general, small animal and mixed practice, and in a referral setting.
As well as holding the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Surgical Nursing, Mrs Andrews-Jones also:
- is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians Specialists
- speaks regularly at conferences on veterinary nursing issues
- has authored two BSAVA nursing book chapters
- is completing a master’s degree in veterinary education
CVS director of practice operations Karyn MacKenzie said: “Providing strong leadership to all of our teams is very important to CVS and we felt the time was right for our fast-growing team of VNs across the UK to have a highly experienced individual dedicated to representing them at the most senior level in the company.
“Belinda brings great experience and a huge passion for veterinary nursing to us and we have no doubt she will be a fantastic and inspirational leader for our nurses – we are delighted to welcome her.”