Jen Single, RVN Veterinary Nurse Locum Experienced RVN, 12 years experience in small animal emergency hospital. Find out more

About Me

I am a 7+ year qualified RCVS registered Veterinary Nurse (Registration no. 7002947). I have worked in small animal practice for 14 years, with keen interest and strengths in emergency and critical care, medicine and infection control.

  • Emergency and Critical care: I worked in a 24/7 emergency hospital for over 12 years and hold a Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. I have also worked in referral and University teaching hospitals in the ICU and emergency wards.
  • Medicine: I have a keen interest in medicine and was appointed Ward Supervisor, implementing a re-structure of nursing care to the hospital ward and over-seeing clinical standards.
  • Infection control A real passion, which I hold a certificate in. I also completely re-structured the hospital protocols to ensure the highest clinical hygiene standard was attained.
  • Team leading: I hold a Certificate in Leadership and Management and have led a team of 50+ nurses for over 3 years. I have also been an active Clinical Coach for over 4 years, mentoring 4 students.
  • Nurse clinics: I conducted several weight clinics with great results as well as junior clinics, with a keen interest in young dog behaviour. I am also proficient in general nursing clinics.

Professional Background

  • Anaesthesia monitoring
  • Induction and intubation (Under Veterinary direction)
  • Surgical preparation
  • Surgical scrub nurse
  • Radiographic imaging
  • Intravenous cannula placement
  • Phlebotomy
  • Bandaging
  • Wound management
  • Urine catheter placement (Under Veterinary direction)
  • Familiar with wide range of multi-parameter measurement equipment
  • Basic physiotherapy
  • Urine output calculations
  • Calorific intake calculations
  • Analgesia assessment and reporting
  • High standard of hospital inpatient management and care
  • Nurse clinics (especially weight clinics)
  • Idexx laboratory
  • Teleos systems
  • Rx Works Systems
  • Ezyvet Systems
  • Clinical coach

I started off my career with animals at a young age, working at a local Animal shelter. I then started at the Vets as a weekend girl, progressing to Auxiliary Nurse. I attended Newcastle University, attaining a degree in Zoology, partaking in a research project in Zambia on the plight of the African Lion. I also conducted my dissertation on Infectious diseases in Serengeti Carnivores.


After graduating I started training as a Veterinary Nurse at Cromwell Veterinary Group – a 24/7 small animal hospital. After qualifying I gained experience as a Branch Nurse, working at a smaller surgery as the sole shift nurse. I progressed from RVN to Ward Supervisor. I then went on to become Deputy Head Nurse and then Head Nurse.


I have worked in Veterinary Practice for over 14 years. Over 7 years as a qualified Veterinary Nurse and 3 years in a managerial position. The practice was a busy first opinion that provided out of hours cover for the region, resulting in a high clinical and surgical case load, 24 hours a day. As a result I gained a vast wealth of experience with emergency and critical care veterinary medicine.


Since leaving the UK, I have worked as a Locum in small animal general practice – of varying practice sizes and case load. I have also worked in referral centres – nursing in ICU, medicine and emergency units.

  • Zoology Bsc Hons
  • Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
  • Nursing Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care (VetsNow)
  • Level 5 Leadership and Management Certificate (ILM)
  • Certificate in Infection Control (Bella Moss Foundation)
  • Clinical Coach


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