Schedule 3 Consultation Update

BVNA was not surprised with the outcome of the consultation, although being such an emotive and important issue we would have liked to have seen a higher percentage of Registered Veterinary Nurses and student veterinary nurses responding.

What was highlighted in the report is the lack of confidence veterinary nurses had in their own abilities; in fact Veterinary Surgeons had more confidence in us as a profession than what we have in ourselves.

As for the lack of understanding about Schedule 3, BVNA feels it is more of a lack of confidence than truly not understanding. Certainly, veterinary nurses have the Code of Conduct built into their pre-registration syllabus, so it is taught from quite early on the in program; in theory there should be good knowledge surrounding Schedule 3.

BVNA is not able to comment on each individual universities veterinary science program, it certainly helps if student veterinary surgeons work alongside veterinary nurses during their practice placements and see effective delegation of tasks from early on in their career.

BVNA did find that during the VN Futures roadshows, delegates found there was a lack of clarity on some of the terminology used in Schedule 3. This contributed to the lack of understanding and therefore the low desire of some Veterinary Surgeons to delegate tasks.

The most important thing that we would like to see now is some action taken after this consultation. 

BVNA sits on both the Schedule 3 working party and the VN Legislative group and we will be voicing our members’ views.

BVNA would like to see more education produced post-registration about the delegation of tasks for veterinary nurses by the RCVS in various forms. We would like to see practices and Registered Veterinary Nurses, Veterinary Surgeons and even student veterinary nurses thinking about how best to utilise the role we fill within practice.

BVNA would also like to see the Veterinary Surgeons Act updated to be more in line with the current skills of Registered Veterinary Nurses with recognition of those that have additional advanced skills that can be well utilised within practice.

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