As part of the VN Futures ongoing role models campaign, veterinary nurse Krishna Mistry has shared her inspirational career story in this blog.

“My name is Krishna, I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse working in a busy small animal hospital in West Yorkshire.

I always had a passion for animals, growing up I had a variety of pets from hamsters to dogs. I spent many summer holidays visiting family in India, seeing the street dogs and farm animals grew my passion to help those in need. After spending my summers volunteering at the local veterinary practice, I decided veterinary nursing was the profession I wanted to pursue. I qualified in 2013 after completing my Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at the College of Animal Welfare. Since qualifying I have undertaken a variety of roles; sole charge, charity work, out of hours, lead medicine nurse and locum work.

I completed my Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, and BSc at Harper Adams University in 2013. The process of completing these advanced qualifications grew my interest in medicine. These further qualifications accompanied with a new role in a small animal hospital inspired me to learn further and establish my niche. I went on to complete my Vets Now certificate in emergency and critical care in 2021. Most recently, I have been completing my PgCert in emergency and critical care at the RVC. The further education, and advanced skills gained help to establish the important role the RVN has within practice.

The variety of paths of which this profession can take you is endless. Through working in a variety of settings and being actively involved in further education it has allowed me to network and meet amazing veterinary nurses working to better the profession. It is my passion to care for my patients and to help progress this amazing profession.”

VN Futures Project Lead, Jill Macdonald, also interviews Krishna here;

Who are DIWP?

The VN Diversity, Inclusivity & Widening Participation Working Group aims to enlist allies and role models to help drive change within the veterinary nursing profession through education, building awareness and offering aspiration to those from all backgrounds on a career in veterinary nursing. We will work with the RCVS Diversity and Inclusion Group (RCVS DIG) who launched their strategy earlier in 2021; and other allies and parties who are striving for the same goal. This will help to ensure that messages are consistent and that we are all working in alignment with finding solutions for widening participation into the profession.

Find out more here.