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 practices. Slowly the demand for an improved delivery of veterinary nurse training grew locally and now more than 20 years later, the Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing based at Higher Bockhampton in Dorchester provides high quality tuition to students over five counties with over sixty veterinary practices now affiliated with the school and similarly over eighty students now studying on nursing programmes.
Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing is accredited by the RCVS and City and Guilds and is recognised as both a Primary Centre involved in approval and monitoring of training practices and also as a centre in the delivery of theoretical and practical aspects of the new City and Guilds Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma. The school is also actively involved in the support and mentoring of the clinical coaches in veterinary training practices and in addition runs a distance learning programme for practice administrators recognised by the VMG and both the Animal Nursing Assistants award and certificate accredited by ABC
More recently the school has also developed a much needed local CPD provision in support of the mandatory CPD requirements of both veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons.