The biannual VCF conference, at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, in March 2017, welcomed more student and registered veterinary nurses than ever before.
I am Hayley Ford. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in November 2016 and I work in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. After the conference I joined the VCF committee, representing veterinary nurses, as I had really enjoyed meeting with other Christian nurses and hopefully the next conference will see even more attending. It has been a prayer request that God brings more Christian nurses to join the VCF and He is already answering that prayer. Since the Hayes Conference earlier this year the veterinary nurses have kept in contact and have planned to meet up this summer which is a fantastic step in the right direction to create a supportive network for Christian veterinary nurses.
It would be amazing to eventually have VCF groups within the nursing colleges and universities and to reach out to student veterinary nurses. There is a leaflet being sent to the veterinary nursing colleges in September about VCF and I ask for prayer that this will encourage more nurses to join the VCF.
The theme of the 2017 Conference was ‘Serving God in the Workplace’ and asking God to use us as a light to direct others to Him. The business of veterinary practice work can distract us from putting God first each day and doing everything to His glory; we can get overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of us at work, especially when the operations list is longer than the whiteboard and you have a very long list of tasks to complete!
1 Corinthians 10:31 states, ‘Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ This verse has really spoken to me when I have had busy days at work and have felt very neglectful of God’s Word - even though we can never possibly devote enough time to studying the Word and spending time in prayer! The fact that ‘whatever’ we do is to be done to God’s glory is so comforting as we can know that all our veterinary work is serving Him. God ultimately is our boss and all our work is done to His glory is another aspect I took away with me from the conference.
Colossians 3:23 states, ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men…’ which is an amazing verse to remember in all your work. I am really looking forward to attending the next conference and meeting more new veterinary nurses, vets and students.
In 2018 the Northern Conference is the 23rd to 25th February in Wigton, Cumbria and the Southern Conference is the 2nd to 4th March in Oxfordshire.
Looking forward to seeing you there
VCF will be having a stand at this years BVNA congress in Telford in October.
We would love to see you at the stand, and will be planning to meet up during the congress. More details to follow.