Vet Nurse Tutors Running Industry Bodies

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19 Jul 2011

The newly appointed president of the New Zealand Veterinary Nurses Association (NZVNA), Julie Hutt CPIT lecturer believes that the advancement of her industry is worth working for.

As well as becoming the first South Island president of the association, Julie is also on the Animal Nursing and Technology Board (ANTECH), which is the education standards arm of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA), is a member of the Scientific Programme Committee, which plans the annual NZVA conference and she works in a veterinary practice, once a week, to keep her currency.  

She joined the veterinary nurses association in 2004. “I wanted to be involved and to help promote the profession to keep up with industry,” she said. “We have come such a long way since unqualified nurses – we offer the National Certificte in Veterianry Nursing at CPIT and there is never a shortfall in numbers.

“The association basically oversees any developments. There are a lot of different things happening - we are working on regulations, conferencing, health and safety, human resources, we liaise with industry, there’s a quarterly journal and online resources for nursing and keeping nurses up to date. Like human nursing it’s growing, you never stop learning.”

As president of the 650 member association, Julie oversees the activities and sits on the major committees. It is a busy role, and a voluntary one, but there is strong council to support her and Julie is as enthusiastic as when she started her career as a veterinary nurse.

She was first attracted to the profession by “the difference every day, the new challenges and constant learning and that hasn’t changed. I am never bored!” she says.

Other veterinary nursing staff at CPIT share Julie’s passion for professional development and success. “Dr Fiona Richardson is the Chair of the ANTECH Board. We have an external clinic we use for training and Dr Linda Sorensen does our surgical training there. She trained in America and has a huge background in emergency care; we are extremely lucky to have her on board. Nicole Eltringham-Young is a well-known dog behavioural expert and Tina Trent, who teaches animal care, is a Delta-trained dog behaviourist, which is a very prestigious qualification, so to have both of them is very fortunate for CPIT.”

Julie takes on her new role during World Veterinary Year, celebrating 250 years of the veterinary profession.