Hilary Orpet

Hilary Orpet MScVetEd BSc DipAVN(Surgical) FHEA CertEdDipCABT(COAPE) RVN

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing, Royal Veterinary College


Hilary joined The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1988 soon after qualifying and gained vast experience in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. In 1992 Hilary became senior surgical nurse and in 1993 she was awarded a Diploma in Advanced Surgical Nursing. At this time Hilary decided to put to use all the invaluable experience and theory absorbed over the years, and go into teaching. In 2001, with colleague and close friend, Perdi Welsh, they published their first book ‘Handbook of Veterinary Nursing’, The second edition was published 2011. In 2004 she developed the Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing and then the BSc VN degree in 2008. In 2013 she received the James Bee Ediucator Prize and in 2015 was awarded the James Bee Silver Educator Prize recognising her commitment to teaching. Developed the Ability model of nursing care (first to be published in the veterinary profession) along with Andrea Jeffery in 2007. Hilary and Andrea were the first recipients of the BSAVA Bruce Vivash Jones VN Award for their work on models of nursing care in 2015. Hilary has spoken at various national and international conferences about nursing care models.