Meet the Team – Registered Veterinary Nurse Kirstie Connor

Get to know the people behind the job role as we speak to some of our team about their roles working here at Cromwell.

Registered Veterinary Nurse Kirstie has been working at Cromwell’s since 2016.

Q: How long have you been a veterinary nurse?
A: I started training in 2009 and qualified in 2012, becoming registered in 2013.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about this career choice?
A: The most rewarding thing about being a veterinary nurse is spending time with my patients and seeing the spark come back in their eyes as they start getting better. My favourite areas of nursing are caring for our inpatients and chatting with cat owners about feline behaviour.

Q: What’s the best thing about working at Cromwell’s?
A: Working at Cromwell’s I have the freedom to do my favourite parts of nursing; working night’s caring for our inpatients and studying to become a feline behaviour technician. In the coming year I am hoping to start booking appointments with cats suffering from behavioural problems.

Q: What does an average day involve for a veterinary nurse at your practice? What type of treatments and care does this include?
A: The average shift for me involves checking on the inpatients at regular intervals, providing mediation and some much-needed TLC. We also perform procedures overnight where I will either be monitoring our patients’ vitals whilst they are under sedation/general anaesthetic or working as a scrub nurse assisting my fellow night nurse and veterinary surgeon.

Q: How has your role changed during the pandemic?
A: Due to the pandemic, we have been unable to offer late nurse clinics, so I don’t spend as much time as I used to seeing clients although I still get to spend most my time with our inpatients. We are very fortunate to have been able to carry on providing an amazing level of care to our patients and clients throughout the pandemic.

Q: What single most important thing has helped you through these challenging times?
A: The support of my husband and being able to still provide care around the clock for our patients.