Lydia Smith
Lydia Smith
Soft Tissue Specialist Nurse
Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge

Lydia qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2014, having trained in a busy, independent, first opinion practice. Lydia subsequently took a position working in the theatre team of a specialist referral hospital, where she gained further experience in the management of surgical patients. Lydia later returned to general practice as a head nurse. During this time, she developed a keen interest in the welfare of companion animals, specifically of brachycephalic breeds, and the importance of client education to promote this. In 2019, Lydia became the Soft Tissue Specialist Nurse and Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) Assessor for the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital at Cambridge. Thanks to this role, Lydia assesses brachycephalic patients for BOAS, co-ordinates the clinical research performed, and runs the Cambridge BOAS Research Group social media pages, which have been specifically created to educate vets, nurses, owners and breeders about brachycephalic syndrome and BOAS. Lydia also works very closely with the specialist surgeons, nursing teams, veterinary students and owners to ensure every patient undergoing BOAS treatment has the smoothest possible transition between admission and discharge from the hospital


Qualifications: RVN BOAS and Soft Tissue Surgery Specialist Nurse