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Veterinary Nursing

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Angus runs a small animal dental education and referral business. Based in Palmerston North, he visits several veterinary clinics within Central North Island. In 2014 he finished a six year stint coordinating primary clinical companion animal service and final year undergraduate teaching within the Massey University Veterinary Teaching hospital. He now concentrates on teaching companion animal dentistry to undergraduate students within the VTH as well as providing a referral service from the Massey clinic. He is currently enrolled in a part-time dental residency program with a view to sitting specialist/Board exams and is passionate about passing on dental knowledge to veterinary colleagues.

Marcia Fletcher graduated from Massey’s Veterinary Nursing Diploma with distinction in 2003, and has worked for the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as the senior anaesthesia technician for the anaesthesia service since that time. Her day to day patients range vastly in size, from avian species, small animals, large animals, small mammals and exotic species. In 2011 she successfully passed her specialty examinations in America to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia. In 2012 she was awarded the NZVNA Vet Nurse of the year, an award for excellence in veterinary nursing. In 2016 Marcia joined the credentials committee for the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, as well as successfully recertifying, a task required every five years to keep her specialty qualification. Loving all aspects of teaching, her passion has been instilling knowledge to both the veterinary and veterinary technician students at Massey, as well as around New Zealand via her anaesthesia articles in the NZVNA journal. She won an IVABS teaching award in 2016 and was nominated for the same award in 2017. Marcia also teaches the staff and students of the Massey vet hospital CPR techniques, and is officially certified in both basic and advanced life support by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).

Amy is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as the National Veterinary Technician Training Manager. In 2003 she became boarded as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. She currently sits on the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians board as the President. Amy is well published in over 15 subjects, is an international speaker, has received numerous awards and highly involved in her community. Amy was awarded the Speaker of the Year at the 2014 NAVC Conference as well as the 2015 Western Veterinary Conference Speaker of the Year. She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful furry kids.

Bridey has worked with animals since her early teens, originally in a zoo setting, before moving to Palmerston North in 2005 to take up a position at Massey University, Wildbase to provide husbandry and nursing care of native New Zealand wildlife. Bridey felt privileged to work with some really special native species. She utilising her rehabilitation and husbandry skills gained from her zoo career which she refined working at Wildbase Hospital, in a national oil spill response event in Oct 2011 - the grounding of the C/V Rena on the Astrolabe Reef, Tauranga. As part of the Wildbase response effort Bridey managed a team of volunteers in the husbandry and care of oiled wildlife with the aim to provide rehabilitation care until release. Since 2014 Bridey’s role has been in the Wildbase Oil Response Team as a Technical Officer. She provides support for oiled wildlife response activities including assisting with the development of Oiled Wildlife Response training courses. Bridey’s rehabilitation and husbandry skills complement the existing expertise and knowledge in oiled wildlife response within Wildbase. She enjoys teaching undergraduate students in avian behaviour, training zoo animals, caged bird welfare, oil spill response and managing compassion fatigue. During her long career working with animals it has become apparent to me, that to do the best for animals we need to build resilience in the profession. To support this, we engaged with Massey University School of Social Work to collaborate in research of wellness in wildlife carers and to develop CPD for veterinary nurses in compassion fatigue.


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