Widespread advertising for the City & Guilds course on assisting veterinary surgeons with anaesthesia, sedation and the monitoring of patients states that it has been approved by the RCVS — this is not the case.

Widely circulated advertising for the City & Guilds “Level 2 Certificate in Assisting Veterinary Surgeons with Anaesthesia and Sedation and Monitoring Animal Patients” states that the qualification has been approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

The RCVS would like to point out that, while it has advised City & Guilds on legal matters in relation to lay assistance with anaesthesia, it has not approved the qualification.

The RCVS does not approve any qualification (or continuing professional development provision) other than those that lead to registration as either a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse, or to RCVS awards (such as the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing) made under its Royal Charter.


  • If you have any questions, contact the veterinary nursing department on 020 7202 0788.


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