Danielle Sunderland – Student Veterinary Nurse

May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness of the veterinary nursing profession and the vital role they play in animal care and treatment.

Danielle Sunderland is our Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN) here at Calder and she kindly took time out to tell us about life as a vet nurse.


How long have you been a Vet Nurse and what route did you follow to qualify?

I am currently a Student Veterinary Nurse (SVN) and I have been in practice for one year and nine months.


What attracted you to a career as a Veterinary Nurse?

I always wanted to have a career around animals, and it’s a win-win that I can help them get better too.


What is the most rewarding thing about being a Vet Nurse?

The most rewarding thing about being a SVN is to see a patient’s journey from illness to wellness.


What advice would you give someone thinking about a career as a Vet Nurse?

If you’re thinking about being a veterinary nurse, you should go for it but first I’d recommend arranging some work experience to make sure it’s the right career choice for you.


What are the best things about working at Calder?

Calder Vets is a professional family. I only joined, and everyone has been so welcoming.


What would be your career highlight so far?

The highlight of my career so far has been retrieving a cat that had been in an RTA and bringing it to the practice personally. It felt like a real TV drama moment once I got there and assisted in the life-saving care that the cat received.


What’s the next step in your career pathway?

Right now, my goal is to push forward and become qualified. After that possibly venture into the diagnostic imaging side of things.


Thank you, Danielle, for sharing your story.

To find out more about the role of RVNs in veterinary practice, or if you are interested in finding out more about a career in veterinary nursing, visit the BVNA website at www.bvna.org.uk/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing.