I have a few post nominals after my name, which apart from making me look really cool (!), have given me so many options in my nursing career.

I studied for the Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Cardiology because I was already doing the job, and I wanted to know more. It gave me a structure to learn and made me push myself. It was hard work, and it was very difficult at times, but to go to America for the pinning ceremony (where you get given your badge), was the most amazing thing I have experienced in my nursing career.

I did my teaching qualifications because I found I loved teaching vet students at the teaching hospital. For me, it was a natural progression to learn about teaching styles, implementing those styles and reflecting to improve my skills. Studying veterinary education allowed me to look at the systems currently in place, evaluate them, and see where improvements might be made. This qualification allowed me to become a lecturer when the time was right, and it has enhanced the CPD I give.

Reasons to study:

  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Start teaching students in practice and improve your practice protocols
  • Open up career paths – even if you don’t know what yet
  • RCVS CPD requirements done without even having to worry about it
  • Use that CPD budget you have been given by your practice
  • Can be financially rewarding
  • Network opportunities – I have met and lectured with some great American technicians!

I have found that I love studying, but I first started working for these qualifications because when my husband died, I needed something in my life to focus on. What started for me as a distraction, has become so much more. It doesn’t matter what your motive is, because in 5 or 10 years, who knows where it will take you.

Charlotte Pace RVN BA (Hons) VTS (Cardiology-IM) PG Cert (Vet Ed) FHEA

BVNA’s Junior Vice President

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