VN requirements consultation launched

VN requirements consultation launched

Veterinary professionals have been urged to get involved in a six-week consultation on VN professional requirements.

The consultation will look at the competences, skills and professional behaviours required of newly qualified veterinary nurses, and gives teams the opportunity to have their say on the future of how SVNs are educated and trained.

The consultation – part of the RCVS commitment to continually review its requirements for newly qualified VNs, ensuring they remain up to date, and reflect the standards and expectations of veterinary nursing practice – launched yesterday (Wednesday 10 November) and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 22 December.

Those completing the consultation will be asked to comment on a proposed new set of requirements, which is split into three key components:

  • Day One Competences: the minimum essential competences the RCVS expects all student VNs to have met when they register, to ensure they are safe to practise on day one in the area of the profession they start to work.
  • Day One Skills Lists: the essential clinical skills, based on the RCVS Day One Competences for Veterinary Nursing that veterinary nurses are expected to possess on entering clinical practice. The Day One Skills List is subdivided into skills related to the care of horses and other equids, and those relating to small animals.
  • Professional behaviours and attributes: this encompasses the behaviours newly qualified veterinary nurses are expected to demonstrate on entering the profession, and includes communication skills and understanding of the legal and ethical frameworks for veterinary practice.

Julie Dugmore, RCVS director of veterinary nursing, said: “With this consultation we want to gain an effective representation of what the professions desire from future RVNs in term of their range of skills and knowledge, and professional behaviours from their first day in clinical practice.

“Any feedback we receive on the proposed new requirements will be vital in helping to ensure student vet nurses receive the appropriate education and training, and that our RVNs are fully prepared and armed with what is necessary to thrive in – and add value to – current veterinary clinical practice.

“We welcome views and feedback on the requirements from all sectors of the veterinary professions, including clinical coaches, veterinary nursing educators, student veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons, practice managers and other members of the veterinary team.”

The VN council hopes to  agree to the new version of the requirements in its February 2022 meeting and the the consultation can be found here.