A fresh cohort of veterinary nurses has graduated from Harper Adams University and entered the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses.
She told them: “You are the veterinary nurses of the future and you will be responsible for training the next generation, so wear the badge you are about to receive with pride.“
Mrs Jeffrey said they should be proud of being RVNs.
“I hear a lot of veterinary nurses say things like ‘I’m just a veterinary nurse’ when asked by clients or members of the public what they do,” she said.
“That sentence saddens me because of the word ‘just’. We play an important and integral part of the veterinary team in many practices.
“You will be responsible for the holistic care of a range of patients. You are the advocate for these patients, and as such you should hold your heads high and say ‘I am a veterinary nurse’. I believe that veterinary nursing can and should be a career for life – there are many post qualifications opportunities for professional development.”
The graduates were praised by veterinary nursing course manager and senior lecturer Jane Thomas, who said they had been a pleasure to teach.
“Studying for this professional award is not easy, but right from the start of their studies all students demonstrated commitment to the course and determination to succeed in their goal of becoming registered veterinary nurses,” she said.
“Every one of them should be so proud of what they have achieved; I know all members of the veterinary nursing department involved in their education are certainly very proud of each and every one of them.
“I wish them all the very best for a successful and rewarding career.”