Veterinary Critical Care Nurses


Veterinary Critical Care Nurses

Welcome to the Veterinary Critical Care Nurses Committee in collaboration with the British Association of Critical Care Nurses. Here we hope you will find the support and encouragement you need to look after your most critical patients to the best of your ability.


The inaugural BACCN Veterinary Critical Care Nurses Group meeting.

Date: 12th of September

Time: 16:00 – 17:45

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


BACCN’s Conference Director, Karin Gerber talking to Laura Edwards, Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nurse about the new and exciting collaboration between BACCN and Veterinary Critical Care Nurses alongside the upcoming virtual conference in September!

“In 2019 I attended the Edinburgh BACCN annual conference and was blown away by the educational resources and the work and research being performed by critical care nurses in human hospitals across the country and abroad. I could see a huge potential in a collaborating between human and veterinary critical care nurses.  A mentor of mine provided me with all the encouragement I needed to approach Karin (BACCN Conference Director) and see if she would be interested.  To my delight she was!

Fast forward to 2020 - I had gathered a few of my colleagues who are all critical care nurses at the University of Edinburgh R(D)SVS small animal hospital. We presented an introduction to critical care veterinary nursing and some case studies at the first ever virtual BACCN Conference.  It was very exciting to share our everyday with a group of nurses who were just as interested in us as we were in them. It proved to be a great success and we were delighted to learn so much about the work our human nursing counterparts were achieving.

We are delighted that the BACCN have enabled us to collaborate and become part of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses.  Our aim is to create a group for Registered Veterinary nurses, regardless whether you work in small practice, referral, equine or specialise in exotics. We all see critical cases and we want to reach out to all those nurses who want a training and learning platform that is unique where nurse teach nurses to be the best they can be.

We hope to create a number of study days a year which will include amongst other things valuable simulation training for those who are looking to perhaps work towards their VTS (ECC) qualification and those of us who just want to feel more confident with our sickest patients.

Our committee is looking for nurses who are passionate about their career and want to push Veterinary Critical Care Nursing into a new and exciting chapter!

Laura Edwards



To contact the Veterinary Critical Care Nurses Group please email:

Join now if you would like to get involved in this unique committee - we would love to hear from you!  We’ll be holding our first committee meeting in September during the 36th BACCN Annual and 2nd virtual Conference. More details to follow soon.

To find out more about our involvement in this year's BACCN Virtual Conference visit

To take advantage of our special Veterinary Nurse delegate conference rates visit to register (select non-member) then on the payment page input the following code: Vet2021.

Here's a short video of the Veterinary Critical Care presentations that took place at the BACCN Virtual Conference 2020: