MSc, FHEA, DipAVN (Surg), Cert Ed, RVN
Andrea began her nursing career in the NHS where she trained as an orthopaedic nurse she then moved into veterinary nursing and worked in both primary care and referral businesses, it was here that her passion for educating the next generation of veterinary nurses began, Andrea moved firstly into further education and then into higher education and spent many years at the University of Bristol Veterinary School responsible for undergraduate veterinary nursing provision. While at Bristol Andrea co-developed the first graduate training programme for veterinary nurses as well as introducing a Masters by Research programme for veterinary nurse Andrea is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy , has an MSc in the area of e- learning and its value to a veterinary nurse curriculum and achieved her PhD earlier this year which reviewed the factors which influence retention within the veterinary nursing profession. In April 2019 Andrea was appointed as the Chief Nursing Officer within Linnaeus, the only veterinary nursing executive post in the UK. Andrea has served as an elected member on the RCVS VN Council and as such has had a pivotal role in driving forward the professionalisation of veterinary nursing in the UK.