Rhonda Ponder

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Qualifications: RVN, AVN, DipVN(GP), DipVN(Surgery)

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Rhonda is the 2023 VNCA Veterinary Nurse/Technician of the year! She has worked in the veterinary industry for 18 years. She achieved her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2007, a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) in 2018, and a second Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgery) in 2019. Rhonda has maintained Accreditation since 2009 and was one of the first nurses in Australia to become an AVNAT Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Rhonda spent 12 years in GP (including 5 years as nursing manager), moving to speciality practice in late 2015 and has since been a full-time Surgical and Anaesthesia Nurse. She lectures locally and nationally on anaesthesia, surgery and critical care topics, is a VNCA divisional committee member for South Australia and a discussion board moderator for the VIN Veterinary Support Personnel Network.

Rhonda is passionate about gold standard veterinary care. She is a firm believer that there is always something new to learn in this industry, and actively seeks that new knowledge whenever she can.

In 2023, Rhonda leads the nurse and technician stream of our orthopaedic workshops. See