Lauren McCarthy

RVN DipAVN (Small Animal) VTS (Anaesthesia & Analgesia)
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Senior Anaesthesia Practitioner, Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology, Godalming, UK

Lauren qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2013 and quickly developed a keen interest in anaesthesia and ECC. Following a few years in first opinion, Lauren moved to Queensland, Australia to take up the role of veterinary nursing manager at a busy hospital in Brisbane, where her passion for anaesthesia was fully ignited, with an exciting and varied caseload from kangaroos to snakes, from possums to koalas! Upon her return to the UK, Lauren decided to pursue anaesthesia as a specialism and enrolled on to the RCVS advanced veterinary nursing diploma. During this course, Lauren studied all aspects of small animal anaesthesia, medical and surgical nursing, graduating in September 2019.

Whilst undertaking her studies, Lauren worked for a busy out of hour's hospital by night and as an anaesthesia nurse by day, advancing her theoretical and practical skillset in preparation for her next challenge. In January 2019, she embarked on the enormous task of applying to be a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anaesthesia and analgesia. After a gruelling 18 month credentialing process, followed by a lengthy examination, she passed and became a VTS in anaesthesia & analgesia in November 2021.

Lauren now works for a busy anaesthesia service at a referral hospital in the South of England and spends most of her time working closely alongside the anaesthetists to deliver gold standard anaesthetic care, along with lecturing and mentoring veterinary students.

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