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Susan is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with FHEA status working in the Veterinary Nursing Department at Hartpury University. Research interests include rabbit health and welfare and student veterinary nurse training. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Research looking at the clinical coach role in practice. She is a member of the Community of Practice at Hartpury, collaborating with colleagues in the area of exotic animal health and welfare. Other knowledge exchange activities include supporting clinical coaches in practice and delivering clinical coach standardisation, plus feature article publications.

After completion of her veterinary nurse training in 1994, Susan has worked in a variety of settings including Wood Green Animal Shelter, 1st opinion and referral small animal practice, up to 2016, when she joined Hartpury to pursue an academic career.  In 2011, Susan was awarded a 1st Class B.Sc. (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing Science. To maintain her clinical skills, Susan volunteers with StreetVet, offering free veterinary care for pets belonging to homeless individuals.

Currently she is a Lecturer and Clinical Placement Tutor for the Veterinary Nursing Programmes and supervises Level 6 projects for the Honours Degree. Susan is also the Internal Quality Assurer for the Primary Centre at Hartpury and conducts training practice visits across England and Wales.

Research interests

Exotic animal health and welfare and student veterinary nurse training

Current Teaching

B.Sc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing and B.Sc (Hons) Equine Veterinary Nursing at Level 4-6, including Dissertation Supervision.

Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing and Equine Veterinary Nursing Level 4-5

City and Guilds Veterinary Nursing Examiner

External positions and memberships

RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse 603169X

BVNA Member 016442

FHEA PR149076

Education/Academic qualification

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of the West of England (UWE)


Certificate in Practice Management and Administration


B.Sc. Hons Veterinary Nursing Science, University of the West of England (UWE)


NVQ A1 Assessor


Certificate in Pharmacy Management


Veterinary Nurse


Clinical Coaching for Veterinary Nursing, Masters in Research, Hartpury University

2019 → …

External positions

Examiner, City and Guilds

1 Mar 2016 → …

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Research Output

Confidence of veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom in treating and diagnosing exotic pet species

Wills, A. & Holt, S., 13 Jun 2020, In : Veterinary Record. 186, e20

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

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    Canine Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

    Holt, S. & Riley, I., Jun 2019, In : The Veterinary Nurse. 10, 5, p. 264-269 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

    Open Access
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    The effects of routine veterinary appointments on rabbit welfare

    Parr, D. M. & Holt, S., Oct 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
  • 19 Downloads (Pure)

    The Effects of Low-level Laser Therapy on the Gait of the Osteoarthritic Canine Hindlimb.

    Lewis, G. & Holt, S., Oct 2018.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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    An investigation into the confidence levels of veterinary nurses when caring for exotic species

    Crowther, C. & Holt, S., Oct 2017.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
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