Wiltshire-based RVN Kirstie Shield takes over from Louisa Baker as VN figurehead.

A Wiltshire-based veterinary nurse has been named as the new president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA).

RVN Kirstie Shield has been named as the new head of BVNARVN Kirstie Shield, of the Hale Veterinary Group in Wiltshire, took over the reins of office from outgoing president Louisa Baker at the association’s AGM, which took place on October 13 during the BVNA’s 40th annual congress in Telford.

During her inaugural address Ms Shield told delegates: “I would never have imagined I would be standing here before you as president of the only veterinary nursing representative body in the UK.

“The opportunity to serve you, our members, over the coming year is not one I take lightly, but will do so wholeheartedly and with every once of determination I have.”

Speaking to Vetsonline before the handover, Ms Shield said her priority as president would be the promotion of the public image of veterinary nurses, as well as pursuing the statutory regulation of RVNs and accountability of the profession.

She said: “Over the year I want us to raise the profile of RVNs even further, as well as instilling the importance of professionalism within veterinary nursing.

“After we do that everything else will follow – as VNs, lets validate to the profession and the public that we deserve statutory recognition.”

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