Lauren Valentine, RVN SQP
Lauren has been in veterinary practice since 2008 and registered as a veterinary nurse in 2012. She then took a position at the RVC’s first opinion practice ‘Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital’ as their General Practice nurse. Since then, Lauren has progressed her veterinary qualifications by training as a SQP (Suitably Qualified Person) and a clinical coach. In 2018, Lauren will continue her education by studying Wildlife Biology at degree level.
Additionally, in her spare time, she completed Edinburgh’s online Animal Behaviour and Welfare course, WildAid's 'Introducing Conservation' course, and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Zoology. In 2014, Lauren took the opportunity to follow her lifelong ambition of visiting Africa for conservation purposes, and returned the following year to develop her career in wildlife and continue her education in conservation and ecotourism.
Lauren has a professional interest in human-animal conflict and controversial issues such as trophy/canned hunting. She is an ambassador for Malawi’s only wildlife sanctuary ‘Lilongwe Wildlife Centre’, a member of Born Free's ACTIVATE team and a member of the All Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare. Lauren has presented at the BVZS meetings; topics include ‘Responsible Volunteering’, ‘Role in Wildlife Crime’ and ‘Sustainability in Practice. Her career aspiration and vision is to continue in conservation, working overseas educating others and promoting One Health ideals.
Lauren’s favourite animal is the cheetah!