May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, a whole month to celebrate and promote the wonderful work our nurses do here at Northwest!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Moran, who was recently chosen by our parent company Linnaeus to be the nurse subject matter expert in anaesthesia across the whole group.
Michelle also sits on the executive committee for the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) which is a global organisation involved in all things veterinary anaesthesia-related.
Here’s her story…
“I am 35 years old and have been an RVN for almost 15 years. I started out in busy first opinion practices doing a lot of on-call and emergency work before moving to one of the busiest charity hospitals in the country, seeing lots of interesting cases on a daily basis. It was here I gained my VetsNow certificate in ECC.
“I made the move to NWVS in 2016 as I wanted to pursue my VTS in anaesthesia and analgesia, which I started the following year. I gained my VTS status in 2019 and since then I’ve been involved in lots of speaking for CPD events and helping design a learning pathway in anaesthesia, in conjunction with AVA and BVNA.
“It was in doing this I started to become more involved with AVA as an organisation and, when the opportunity arose to become the next nurse representative, I immediately applied. I was successful and was appointed in March 2021. I will sit on the executive committee representing nurses within AVA and hopefully be a voice in other organisations if required.
“I have also recently become the nurse subject matter expert (SME) for anaesthesia and sit on the clinical board for the whole of the Linnaeus group.
“I am currently the nurse supervisor in anaesthesia at NWVS and enjoy all parts of my job role. I handle a mixture of anaesthesia cases, teaching and supporting others in anaesthesia and ECC and managing my team, as well as days where I am assigned as flow coordinator for the hospital to organise the day.”