Jennifer Cowan

Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN), Accredited Veterinary Nurse (AVN)

Trainee Nurse Team Leader

Jenni qualified in 2006 in Scotland. Jenni is double registered with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of London) & the VNCA (Veterinary Nursing Council Australia), she is also an accredited nurse with the VNCA. 

She began working in a small country general practice and locumed in multiple hospitals in and around Edinburgh. Following Jenni’s passion for animal welfare she embarked on a volunteer mission in Africa/Botswana, Mexico and Thailand to work alongside the animal welfare & endangered species programs. During this time, she worked with everything from cheetahs to jaguars to black rhinos to elephants! She specifically enjoyed learning to rehabilitate and release these great creatures back into the wild.

Once Jenni arrived back from her adventures around the world, she proceeded to continue her great work in the specialist referral field. This is where Jenni enjoyed teaching veterinary students, veterinary nursing trainees and work placement volunteers. Working in referral medicine lead her straight to Oncology which she has had the luxury of working in for the past 7 years. She worked at the Edinburgh Veterinary University Oncology Department and was involved with their Radiation Oncology unit. 

Jenni joined our SASH Oncology team 5 years ago which lead her to help set up the first dedicated animal radiation oncology facility in NSW at SASH for 3 years. During this time she has taught radiation therapy to all the nurses and students of SASH. Jenni has been published twice in the VNJ (veterinary nursing journal); ‘What is Radiation’ article and case report – ‘Mast cell tumour on the hard palate.’

Jenni has now moved with her passion in education, to undertake SASH’s 18 trainee nurses, the trainee nurses work throughout the departments at SASH to cover the 24/7 needs of the hospital. She has helped create the new ‘SASH trainee nursing program’ which was launched 5th August 2020. Jenni is excited to mentor her trainee nurse team in becoming the next generation of specialised nurses at SASH!