The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has launched an online petition calling on Parliament to protect the title “veterinary nurse” in law.

The online petition was launched via the official UK Government and Parliament petition website.

It asks for a change in law to protect animal welfare by ensuring only those individuals who hold the relevant qualifications, and are on the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses, may call him or herself a veterinary nurse.

Currently, anyone may call him or herself a veterinary nurse, even if they have no qualifications or experience and are not registered as such.

The petition, and the campaign in general, has received support from the British Veterinary Nursing Association and the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Fiona Andrew, President of the BVNA, said: “BVNA has campaigned for the protection of the title of ‘Veterinary Nurse’ for many years. We are delighted that the RCVS is continuing the campaign with the addition of the online petition and letter template.

“We would ask all out members to sign the petition and write to their MP. We believe that this is an important step towards giving clarity and reassurance to the public, strengthening the profession and raising awareness of what veterinary nurses can do and enhancing animal welfare.”

John Blackwell, president of the BVA, added: “BVA is delighted to support the campaign to protect the title, as veterinary nurses are an essential part of the veterinary team and deserve full recognition for their roles. By protecting the title, it not only recognises the skills of qualified veterinary nurses, but also gives clients confidence their animals are receiving the highest standard of care possible.”

To find out more about the campaign, download a template letter to an MP and view the animated video about protecting the title, please visit www.rcvs.org.uk/vntitle

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