BMF Clinical Nurse Advisors

Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc VTS(ECC) Dip AVN (Medical & Surgical) RVN

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Louise O’Dwyer has worked as Head Nurse for PetMedics in Manchester the largest emergency clinic in the UK for the past 12 years, and is now Clinical Director. During this time she has also been involved in veterinary nurse training and CPD, both in the UK and internationally.

Louise enjoys the diversity of emergency and critical care medicine, with a particular interest in trauma patients as well as wound management and infection control. Louise is the author of ‘Wound Management for the Veterinary Nurse and Technician’ and the forthcoming ‘Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing’ along with Paul Aldridge. Louise is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, having sat the Veterinary Technician Specialist (ECC) examination in Nashville, Tennessee in September 2011 and is currently undertaking a PhD in MRSA and MRSP epidemiology at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Louise is an experienced lecturer having lectured at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress, British Veterinary Nursing Association congress, VetsNow congress, International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care congress as well as for other private CPD organisations within the UK and Ireland.

Felicity Caldwell

Felicity Caldwell

Felicity Caldwell qualified as a RVN in 2007 and has since then worked in a variety of veterinary practices. She began her VN training in a mixed practice in North Scotland and moved on to become head nurse shortly after qualifying, for a small animal practice in Inverness.  Felicity then decided to move to West Yorkshire in 2009 to live with her husband and followed the path of working in orthopaedic & spinal referral practice, where she developed a passion for referral orthopaedics & surgical nursing. 
Felicity began her training for the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2010, specialising in surgical nursing, anaesthesia and theatre practice, and graduated with a distinction in 2012. Due to her passion of studying and striving to provide outstanding and expert nursing care for her patients, Felicity has decided to continue her studies with the top up degree to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Clinical Veterinary Nursing, specialising in life limiting conditions and rehabiliation.  She aims to write her final year dissertation in 2014 on MRSA & MRSP in veterinary practice as she regards infection control as a vital part of veterinary & nursing practice.  Felicity does hope to continue her studies in the future to obtain a MSc degree in Veterinary Nursing to maintain her specialist & high standards.
Felicity is currently working as a deputy Head Nurse (acting Head Nurse due to maternity cover) for a small animal practice with Tier 3 status in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  She provides regular expert CPD for the RVNs and students in practice on a regular basis & is passionate about educating RVNs and the nurses of the future to a high standard.
Felicity is a member of the BVNA and BSAVA and aims to provide valuable support to the Bella Moss Foundation by providing CPD and education for veterinary nurses and veterinary staff working in practice.

Andrea Steele MSc, BSc, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care)

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Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Specialized Honours Zoology from the University of Guelph, (1994). She then went on to complete the Veterinary Technician Diploma at the Ridgetown College Campus, University of Guelph (1998). Finally, Andrea received her Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies, with a focus on nosocomial infections in the ICU, in 2012.

Andrea has been an ICU technician at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital for over 14 years, and achieved Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS(ECC)) certification in 2003, becoming a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT). In 2010, Andrea was elected to be the President-Elect of the Academy, beginning her role as President in 2012.

Andrea is an experienced lecturer, and regularly speaks at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. She has lectured at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress (BSAVA), Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference, the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference, the American Animal Hospital Association’s Annual Conference, National Conference of the Veterinary Technician Specialties, and the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia’s Annual Conference.

Andrea recently became the Technician Program Coordinator for the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium, and sits on the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) Conference Planning Committee.

In addition to conference engagements, Andrea has developed courses for both Lifelearn (Guelph, Ontario) and the Veterinary Support Personnel Network (, on Advanced Critical Care Nursing. Andrea’s areas of specialization include: Respiratory Nursing, Renal Nursing and Nosocomial Infections.

Andrea is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, and an international member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Emergency and Critical Care Technician, Intensive Care Unit
Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital
519-824-4120 x 54168




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