Pet owners on the islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides are celebrating after acquiring their first veterinary nurse.

Hayley Ford
Hayley Ford after graduating with her HND in Veterinary Nursing at the University of Glasgow.

Hayley Ford graduated from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) with a HND in veterinary nursing with distinction, receiving her qualifications at a ceremony at the University of Glasgow.

Challenge

Miss Ford certainly went the extra mile for her qualification – 300 of them in fact – as to complete her studies, she had to travel from her home in Point on the Isle of Lewis to SRUC’s Barony Campus in Dumfries.

She said: “It was a challenge to manage the travelling – I would fly to Glasgow and meet with a friend on the course who flew from Shetland before we travelled to Barony. But the structure of the HND course suited me really well as it was block release.”

Miss Ford, who relocated from Gloucestershire to Lewis with her family in 2013, did her placement at the Old Mill Veterinary Practice in Stornoway.

Invaluable experience

She said: “As the first – and only – nurse in the practice, I have gained invaluable experience in a wide variety of animal nursing from large animals to dogs, cats and other small animals.”

Acting head of department animal and equine at Barony Kirsty Young said: “We are very proud to have trained Hayley as the first RVN on Lewis and Harris, and thank Old Mill for their support.”

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