CertVNES, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Registered Veterinary Nurse
Donna qualified from Bicton College in 1998 whilst working in north Devon at a mixed animal practice. She moved to Scotland in 1999 to work at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS), Small Animal Hospital eventually going on to concentrate in exotic animal nursing. In 2001 she gained her City and Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species. After leaving the RDSVS in 2007, Donna joined Edinburgh Zoo as the head veterinary nurse. Her work includes assisting the vets with anaesthesia and health assessments of the animals in the collection. She has also been fortunate enough to travel to Cambodia with the RZSS to work with Free the Bears, one of the in situ conservation charities that the RZSS supports. She continues to be involved with many other conservation projects currently supported by the RZSS. Additionally, Donna’s work also includes the routine in-house laboratory testing of samples required for the care of the animals within the RZSS collections; now made possible by the society's investment in an on-site blood analyser and faecal-analysis equipment. Donna has been involved with lecturing both qualified and trainee veterinary nurses on exotic animal nursing and has contributed to several chapters in veterinary textbooks published by the BSAVA.
- * Qualified from Bicton College in 1998.
- * Gained City and Guilds Certificate in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species in 2001.
Additional Non-RZSS Publications
Published Books/Book Chapters/Reports
Brown, D., Pizzi, R. BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pet and Wildlife Nursing, Edition: 1, Chapter: Surgical Nursing, Publisher: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Editors: Molly Varga, Rachel Lumbis, Lucy Gott, pp.222-242
Brown, D., 2010, Kitting out an exotics ward, In Practice 32: 263-266.
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