Introducing our post-registration programme managers

sophie venablesSophie Venables RVN BSc (Hons)
Post Registration Programme Manager

During Sophie’s career she has worked as an RVN in a variety of clinical settings to cover primary care, charity and referral clinics. Throughout these roles, she has always had a passion for education and development of veterinary nurses.

Whilst working at Wear Referrals two days a week, she commuted to the University of Bristol three days a week to work as a Veterinary Nursing Clinical Demonstrator. Here she was involved in the design and implementation of veterinary nursing clinical rotations at Langford Small Animal Hospital.

Sophie joined Linnaeus as one of two Veterinary Nursing Post Registration Programme Managers in January 2020. She supports zero-12-month post registration RVN’s make their transition from student to successful referral veterinary nurse. 

She was also responsible for supporting students during their six-month rotations.

sam thompsonSam Thompson RVN Grad Dip VN Cert VN ECC DET
Post Registration Programme Manager

Sam qualified from MYF college and has worked in referral hospitals for over 10 years, most recently as the Clinical Services Manager for North Downs Specialist Referral Hospital. She joined NDSR as soon as she qualified as an RVN and also has experience teaching veterinary nursing.

As a Post Registration Programme Manager, Sam works with the team to support nurses who have recently qualified to fulfil their dreams of working in a referral hospital. This is done by the development and implementation of a structured and immersive professional and clinical programme.

Combining both off site and on-site training to support the practices with ensuring these nurses have a smooth transition into referral nursing.

Alongside her role as PRP Manager Sam also sits on the clinical board, providing a nurse presence in this area. She’s a certified RECOVER Rescuer, is part of the VNJ Editorial board and has a keen interest in quality improvement.