Our association objective of driving professional status for veterinary nurses has been very much on the agenda recently. And we are delighted that this is progressing very positively with the recent RCVS revision of the Royal Charter. Crucially, the Charter will recognise veterinary nursing as a profession, confirm the RCVS role as the regulator of veterinary nurses and give registered veterinary nurses the formal status of associates of the RCVS. Those veterinary nurses who are currently on the RCVS List will become registered veterinary nurses (RVNs). This means that they have committed to adhere to the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses and to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date by undertaking at least 45 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over a three-year period.
The Charter came into effect in Spring 2015. You can read more about it here.
As an association, the BVNA will continue to speak for veterinary nurses, and specifically its members, at all forums and discussions surrounding this topic. We welcome your views! Please let us know your thoughts on this or any other issue by contacting us here.