£ 16m referral center to host open day for VNs

RVNs considering a career move are being invited to an open day at Southfields Veterinary Specialists in Laindon, Essex on Saturday 23 April.

Linnaeus-owned Southfields will offer visitors the chance for a behind-the-scenes tour of its new £ 16 million, 40,000 sq ft hospital, which is set to open its doors this year.

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The open day is running from 9am to 2pm on Saturday 23 April.

and a variety of activities will be on offer, as well as a series of presentations and Q&A sessions with the Southfields nursing team and clinicians.


Nicola Barrigan, head of nursing services at Southfields, said the event would be a great opportunity for potential new recruits to see the facilities at the new hospital, as well as presenting a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals.

Mrs Barrigan said: “The open day will give visitors an informal opportunity to speak to members of our nursing team in relaxed surroundings to find out a bit more about what life is like here at Southfields.

“There will also be the opportunity for them to attend nurse-led presentations – including Q&A sessions – chat with our clinicians and discuss progression opportunities with the Linnaeus professional development team. Information will also be available on our post-registration program. ”

Bespoke support

The Linnaeus referral nursing post-registration program (PRP) launched in 2020, the first veterinary nursing preceptorship in the UK, mirroring the schemes commonly found in human health care.

As a key participant in the program, Southfields offers bespoke support for its newly qualified, or soon to be qualified, nurses.

‘Varied caseload’

Charlotte Fennell, who manages the internal medicine nursing team at Southfields, coordinating departmental procedures and the nursing of internal medicine cases, said: “The aspect I enjoy most about my role as an internal medicine nurse is the varied caseload. We see where each patient will require different investigations, treatment plans and medical management.

“In addition, the opportunities to develop and progress my clinical skills has enabled me to gain new experiences, enhancing my skill set, allowing me to then demonstrate and teach what I have learned to my colleagues.”


The open day begins with arrival at 9am, when visitors can sign up for a tour of the new hospital and enjoy welcome pastries and refreshments. Events then run from 9.30am to 2pm, with information also available on the PRP training for newly-qualified nurses.

Spaces for the event are limited. To sign up, visit the Southfields website.

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