In 2015, the new Royal Charter will be introduced which will underpin the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s role in the regulation of veterinary nurses, placing them on a similar regulatory footing to veterinary surgeons.

Already Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) will be complying with the RCVS required amount of CPD. This states that RVNs should complete an average of 45 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over a three-year period.

When the Royal Charter comes into effect (expected Spring 2015), thereafter all Listed (qualified) Veterinary Nurses will be automatically entered onto the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses. After this period, all veterinary nurses (by then all RVNs) will be required to undertake continuing professional development and will be held accountable for their professional conduct.

The RCVS website explains what counts as CPD and how it can be recorded. RVNs can download the CPD Record Card for Veterinary Nurses from the 'Related documents' area of the site. The site also has an online facility to record CPD.