The BVNA has unveiled Stacey Blease as its new Head of Learning and Development. This is a new position created as part of the BVNA’s 2017 governance review and is a response to the developing role of the vet nurse within the professional vet led team. President Wendy Nevins said: “This is a real commitment by the BVNA to ensuring our members have access to the very best development and career opportunities, in line with new RCVS qualifications framework through VN Futures.”

Stacey told us she had been looking for a challenge and “something innovative that would build on my experience in practice, research and delivery of educational content. This is a very exciting time to be a veterinary nurse with new models of working coming forward and the BVNA’s role in discussions about Schedule 3. The opportunity to make an impact and help shape learning and development for veterinary nurses is a tremendous privilege.”

Most importantly these links will help us serve Members’ interests better. This is a key appointment for the BVNA and brings responsibility for all our professional learning and development offerings – CPD courses, our Congress Scientific Programme, the Veterinary Nursing Journal – together under one role; possibly making it the most exciting role in veterinary learning and development.

Stacey’s last role was at The Webinar Vet where she was Programme Manager and she brings a combination of academic, practice and educational expertise to the BVNA staff. She graduated from the University of Liverpool Veterinary School with an intercalated master’s degree from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and went on to do a PhD at Harper Adams University focusing on dairy herd health planning. During her PhD, Stacey became passionate about knowledge transfer through lecturing to undergraduate students and providing workshops for dairy farmers. Stacey is also a trustee for the Animal Welfare Foundation, a charity which funds animal welfare projects, provides educational materials and stimulates debates on animal welfare concerns.

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