The Team

Abi Holder (head shot)

Abi Holder

DipAVN(Surg) VNCertECC RVN

Wards Team Leader

Abi qualified in 1992 in a mixed practice in Slough then moved to a small animal practice in Abingdon, then to another in Basingstoke in 1994 where she became a head nurse. She passed her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 1997 and returned from maternity leave to work part time. In 2010 she started working nights at Anderson Moores and then in 2017 transferred to the day team. A year later she gained a further qualification, her CertVNECC and in the same year started as a clinical coach and was promoted to a senior RVN (Registered Veterinary Nurse).

In March 2022 she presented a case report at the BSAVA congress, which was a new initiative organised by Claire Woolford our anaesthesia lead nurse which she found nerve wracking but very rewarding, both presenting and researching and writing the case report.

Abi has recently taken on the new role of Wards and Multidisciplinary Team Leader, which is an extremely exciting position.

Abi said “My passion for veterinary nursing is still as strong as ever, and I get enormous job satisfaction every single day. I like that I am still learning new things, treatments, skills and new conditions to nurse. One of the most rewarding cases we have had recently was a patient with tetanus who after a month of intensive nursing care was able to walk out of the hospital themselves happy and well.”