The RCVS is warning would-be veterinary nurse students to check that the course they enrol upon is approved by the Royal College, or it will not lead to qualification as a veterinary nurse.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is warning would-be veterinary nurse students to check that the course they enrol upon is approved by the Royal College, or it will not lead to qualification as a veterinary nurse.

Practices should also be wary of paying for students to attend such courses, claimed the college.

VN Training. Image courtesy House & Jackson Veterinary Surgeons.The RCVS has reported one such course, run by Direct Veterinary Services of Oxford, to Trading Standards: it advertises “accredited training for veterinary nurses” leading to “an honours degree in veterinary nursing” without being an RCVS-approved training provider or awarding organisation.

RCVS head of veterinary nursing Libby Earle said: “Would-be veterinary nurse students should always check that the course they are embarking upon will lead to a qualification that is recognised by the RCVS for the purposes of registration, or they may be in for a disappointment.”

She explained: “Only those courses approved by the RCVS will lead to registration, and without registration (or listing), individuals should not call themselves veterinary nurses and cannot legally carry out medical procedures and minor surgery under Schedule 3 to the Veterinary Surgeons Act.”

Candidates should also be wary of training providers who demand money upfront online, said the college.

All new veterinary nursing courses and qualifications must be approved by the RCVS and this process can take some time. The list of approved centres providing VN training courses, together with details of approved qualifications, are available from http://awardingbody.rcvs.org.uk

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