History of the Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing
The Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing was established in an independent right in 1996, as a result of what had initially been the response found by the Lynwood Veterinary Group to its own regime of veterinary nurse training leading on from the national trend in veterinary nurse training at the time.
Initially the Lynwood Veterinary Group looked to put in place a nurse manager to provide liaison between the nursing team and partnership and also to oversee and improve veterinary nurse training results for the group. Valerie Belbin was employed for this provision having previously been involved with nurse training at a renowned agricultural college.
The first few years saw excellent results being achieved by Lynwood’s own students which far exceeded the national average, news of which naturally reached neighbouring practice. Slowly the demand for an improved delivery of veterinary nurse training grew locally and now, 15 years later, the Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing based at Poundbury in Dorchester provides high quality tuition to students over four counties with over fifty students now studying on nursing programmes.
The Lynwood School is accredited by the RCVS and is recognised as both a Primary Centre involved in approval and monitoring of training practices and also as a Secondary Centre in the delivery of theoretical and practical aspects of the new QCF level 3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma. The school is also actively involved in the support and mentoring of the clinical coaches in veterinary training practices.