It is with pride and amazement that I can announce I am nominated for the UK Blog Awards for 2019!

This stage is the public vote and if I get enough votes I’ll get to be a finalist where some fabulous past winners explore my content, my website and the community I’ve helped create – which is all of you.

You get one vote in each category so can vote for me in each category I’m in:

  • Nature and wildlife
  • Well being

The link will let you vote for my profile and I’ll get a vote in each category – all with one click!

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Where it all began

Unlike many people I started my blog by being published in a popular publication online. Many people begin to blog for themselves via sites like WordPress or social media micro blogging sites like Instagram

I had been active on Twitter as @JaneRVN for a while, around 8 years ago and was using #PlanetRVN to create an online community for vet nurses, vets and pet owners and had been spotted by the digital content editor at Vet Times – the largest veterinary newspaper (yes that is A Thing).

A little direct message popped up and said they were running a 3 month trial on blogs and were looking for a vet, vet nurse and student vet, would I be the vet nurse contributor? Well, blogging was very different back then and even though I had enjoyed writing at school I thought I’d do it for 3 months and then it would fizzle out.

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I got that a bit wrong didn’t I?

I just had my 6 year Blogaversary with Vet Times and write every fortnight for them and have also co-blogged with the vet blogger Nick Marsh and written some articles on coping with exams and recruitment. Fitting into a blog awards category was quite difficult!

I now blog every month for 4 companies – check my blog page here and manage a few blogs for myself, and some guest articles elsewhere. These are often based around the subjects I have been asked to present on at veterinary conferences in the UK and abroad. Focussing on safe social media use in vet practices, professional identity, well being and more.

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Then there’s the videos

Oh yes, so the blogs and the response in particular to the educational support for student vet nurses motivated me to start a YouTube channel. Its initial focus was on providing support for the student vet nurse OSCE tasks, these are clinical skills practical exams every student vet nurse (and student vet) in the UK and many other countries sit before qualifying. Like your driving test but 12 driving tests in a row…

They are very scary and there are many myths around them so after writing some blogs on this I ventured into videos. The reponse to these has been phenomemal and it makes me so proud to be able to support student vet nurses and those that train them, their clinical coaches. Last year my channel was placed in the Top 75 vet YouTube channels in the world and is around number 30, is the top vet nurse channel and I think has just beaten the BVA to the top UK veterinary entrant.

I’m now doing a regular Vet Nurse Dictionary Corner as a relaxed way to learn new terminology and we’re currently on anaesthesia and capnography monitoring and in the new year will look at ways to improve your learning because…

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Then there’s the book

It appeared that my writing had attracted more attention and a publisher approached me about what topics I thought vet nursing needed for new books. I wrote a list of about twenty titles and then we had a chat, and it was there I realised they would like me to write one of these books!

I checked my list again and realised some of these titles were quite ambitious for a first book so hastily moved on and focussed on an area knew needed help. My blogs and videos and the response they got both publicly and privately had shown me that research and study skills support was lacking for this community and maybe I was the person to help?

I’m proud to say my first book with 5M publishing is available to pre-order now (click here) and is out in March!

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Blogging is an honour and a privilege and I feel lucky to have so many avenues to share with my community and beyond and to have been able to use this to explore other ways to create and share. Thank you everyone, love you.

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