#DYWKeyworker - Tasmin Maclennan - Crown Vets
Friday, 29th May 2020
Name: Tasmin Maclenna
Job Title: Registered Veterinary Nurs
Company: Crown Vets
What attracted you to the industry you are in?
Love of animals from a young age
How long have you been with the company?
Almost two years
Describe your day-to-day role;
Anything from cleaning up various bodily fluids to monitoring anaesthesia
What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?
A 4-year honours degree programme with practice placements in various location
What skills have you learned?
Too many to list but the main one would be how to work effectively as part of a team
Have you completed any professional qualifications?
I have completed a one-year nursing graduate academy and intend to start a certificate on emergency and critical care in October 2020
Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?
Yes! The Highlands are beautiful, it is great to be in an area of such natural beauty with so many outdoor activities right on your doorstep
What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?
To always have compassion, prioritise tasks well, be an effective communicator and work well with others
Was there anything about the job that surprised you?
How emotionally draining it would be at times
Is there anything unusual about your role?
There is not one day that is the same as the next! The job role varies so much, you can get stuck in to things you never thought you would be doing
Do you get a lot of support from your company?
Yes, the veterinary profession has one of the highest suicide rates as a profession, but my company is very good at supporting their staff through recognition of hard work and staff initiatives
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Reuniting owners with their poorly animals when their feeling all better
Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?
As veterinary nursing is such an under recognised profession, I did not know about the job until I was doing university applications in high school! But as soon as I found out about it, I knew it was what I wanted to do right away
What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?
Don’t panic if you don’t know what you want to do straight away, everyone moves at different paces, think about what you like and what you’re good at, maybe try and get some job experience in that area and see if it could be right for you
What is your career goal?
My short-term goal is to complete my emergency and critical care certificate, in the future I would quite like to work as a veterinary nurse abroad
How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?
It makes me proud of the job that I am doing and regardless of the struggles we face in practice, it reminds me how important it is that we carry on doing it
Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker?
Pets are always going to need our help regardless of what is going on in the world. We take an oath going into this profession and often that means putting others before yourself, and I feel like that is what it means to be a keyworker right now