Veterinary Critical Care Nurses


Artwork by Suzanne Small Fine Art/Illustrator

Listen to the latest VN Times PODCAST interview with Laura Edwards explaining all about the VCCN and the 2022 Belfast conference.

VCCN Study events - Save the Date 2023 (subject to change) Free to members.

January 23rd 2023 - Nursing Thrombocytopaenia - Lindsey Ashburner RVN

March 29th 2023 - ECG - Emma Hudson RVN

May 11th 2023 - Heatstroke - Elle Haskey RVN

June 21st 2023 - Antimicrobial stewardship in acute wounds - Amanda Curtis RVN

July 20th 2023 - Transfusion red cells and platlets - Helen Rooney RVN Pet Blood Bank

Oct 10th 2023 - Transfusion Coagulopathies - Helen Rooney RVN Pet Blood Bank


Veterinary Critical Care Nurses

Welcome to the Veterinary Critical Care Nurses Committee in collaboration with the British Association of Critical Care Nurses. Our vision is to provide Registered Veterinary Nurses with a unique collaborative learning experience. Whether you are referral practice or general practice we all see critical patients.  We offer study days and annual conference, where you will be learning from experienced ECC Veterinary nurses. VCCN is unique as you will also be learning from 'human' Critical Care nurses at the same time.  We are offering a unique opportunity for RVNs to become part of the 'One Health' approach to education and research. 

Mission Statement

  • Provide a global/international platform for Registered Veterinary Nurses to showcase and develop their specialist Critical Care skill set and knowledge.

  • Promote Critical Care Veterinary Nursing and its integral position within the ‘One Health’ approach to both Human and Animal health and wellbeing.

  • Provide unique learning and collaboration opportunities alongside our fellow BACCN members.

Strategic goals

  • Engage and collaborate with our members through the VCCN committee regional branch of the BACCN.
  • Engage with the veterinary sector, industry professionals and organisations and policy makers to influence and drive development of Critical Care Veterinary Nursing.   
  • Encourage and promote evidence-based practice to deliver the highest standards of Emergency and Critical care Veterinary nursing.
  • Encourage and provide funding support for Critical Care Veterinary nursing research.
  • Provide annual ECC-focussed CPD opportunities
  • Create a Critical Care Veterinary nursing stream within the BACCN annual conference offering high quality lectures, abstract presentations, and simulation training.
  • Provide a social network of Registered Veterinary Nurses to support communication and engagement strategies.
  • Offer Registered Veterinary Nurses an opportunity to learn alongside and collaborate with our ‘Human’ Critical care Nurses from the UK and Worldwide.


If you wish to become involved in the VCCN please become a member of the BACCN and request our region. It is discounted at just £30 for Registered Veterinary nurses which gives you access to all the educational resources, discounts for conference and research funding opportunities.  We very much look forward to hearing from you and please dont hesitate to email us first.

The VCCN aim to offer a minimum of 8 hours CPD annually completely free to members. These will be held via webinar and memebrs only will be able to access these as recordings.

Membership benefits can be found here

BACCN Conference 2023 - Nottingham

Nottingham NTU  September 11th and 12th 2023

Find out more :

We are looking for RVNs who would be interested in submitting an abstract for conference. This can be either poster, clinical vingnette or an educational presenation. Please head to to check abstract guidance. 

We are keen to hear from anybody interested who would perhaps like to discuss presentating or needs help with their submission.



Example 2021 VCCN Virtual Conference Poster Presentations

P39 - Poster Nursing the Brachycephalic Patient

P41 poster - Canine Cardiopulmonary Bypass - Mitral Valve Annuloplasty and Artif ScnmR81

P42 - Poster Sepsis in the Veterinary World

P43 poster - Take a deep breath whilst we talk veterinary ventilation


To contact the Veterinary Critical Care Nurses Group please email:

Please clearly write the subject in the subject line so we can get you talking the correct commitee member as soon as possible. 

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BVNA - Inspirational Nurses

In this new series championing nurses who have made a huge contribution to veterinary nursing, Junior Vice President Charlotte Pace interviews ‘Inspirational Nurses’.

In this first webinar, she interviews Helen Ballantyne. Helen is a dual qualified veterinary and human nurse, who is an established author, past BVNA Council member (now Honorary), and a strong advocate of One Health. She is now a Transplant Coordinator in the Cambridgeshire area. In 2020, she was awarded the Bruce Vivash Jones Award, for her contribution to veterinary nursing.