Two nurses at a popular Black Country veterinary practice are toasting exam success earning a prestigious qualification.  

Registered veterinary nurses Esther Morse-Brown and Laura Husband from Linnaeus-owned Black Vets have successfully passed the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies to achieve the rare Veterinary Nurse in Medical Nursing status.

Both Esther and Laura have worked at Blacks Vets, which has surgeries in Dudley, Sedgley, Lye, Quinton and Oldbury, for a number of years and have seen their careers flourish in that time. 

Esther started in 2015 as a kennel assistant and progressed to being a patient care assistant before becoming a student veterinary nurse and then qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse. 

Esther said: “I quickly discovered my love for medicine and enrolled on the certificate shortly after my graduation. 

“The course was both equally challenging and fascinating. It felt very intense, considering I was newly qualified, but I took the opportunity to grow my confidence and knowledge in a subject I'm passionate about. 

“Thankfully, all my colleagues were extremely supportive, and we have multiple vets and nurses with a keen interest in medicine so there was always someone to answer my questions.

“I’m already starting to feel the benefits of treating my patients. It's an achievement I am very proud of.

“The financial support from Linnaeus is something I will always be grateful for – I wouldn't have been able to take this opportunity if it wasn't for their investment into my education.” 

Laura joined Blacks Vets as a student veterinary nurse in 2007 and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2010. 

Laura, who works at the Lye practice, said: “I really enjoyed the course modules and increasing my knowledge in this area. I love anything medicine-related and I am so pleased I completed it. 

“I work part time alongside being a mum to twins, so life has been very busy, especially with completing my study for my certificate. All my colleagues have been very supportive and helpful, especially medicine vet Gemma and lead nurse, Liz.”

Kate Slack, group nursing manager at Blacks Vets, added: “This is a fantastic achievement by Esther and Laura and we’re incredibly proud that they are part of the Blacks Vets family.” 

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