We are celebrating after marking more than 100 years of combined nursing service which has also seen team members make significant advances in their careers.
The remarkable achievement at Maven Vets in North Cheam is testament to the great team spirit at our veterinary practice and an innovative group-wide nursing structure which offers support and career development opportunities to team members.
The combined years of nursing service at Maven Vets now stands at 107 years. The award-winning practice also has a significant number of associates who have made big steps forward in their chosen careers.
Among them are Jade Prior, who has progressed from student veterinary nurse to now being interim clinical nursing manager; Georgia Stride, who started as a veterinary nurse and is now anaesthesia lead; and Anneke Kuipers, who has progressed from veterinary nurse to lead consulting nurse.
Meanwhile, Katie Haysom, who started at student veterinary nurse is now a senior veterinary nurse; Nicola Kerkhoff has progressed from being head nurse to practice manger; Georgina Bradley-Warren started as a veterinary nurse and moved up to deputy head nurse before returning from maternity leave to take on the role of lead mentor for the patient care assistants.
Jade said: “I feel the Linnaeus nursing structure has helped our veterinary nurses to progress into lead nurses. Having the opportunity to grow and expand within Maven Vets has helped those new to leadership be able to do this in a comfortable and supportive environment.
“It has also helped our entire nursing team as each area has been developed in a way that supports our nurses in doing their jobs to the best of their abilities.”
Kerry Jackson, regional nursing manager for Linnaeus, said: “As part of Linnaeus, there’s a dedicated, senior nursing team and a wide range of resources to help our nurses develop their full potential while delivering excellence to our clients and their pets.”
The pioneering Linnaeus nursing structure has established a clear framework within the group, supporting shared responsibility, helping with work-life balance and career development for staff at every level, while always maintaining the provision of high-quality sustainable care.
Kerry added: “The Linnaeus nursing structure allows nurses to be recognised, empowered and progress their leadership roles and skills in line with their interests.”