Twenty-six newly qualified veterinary nurses were presented with theirbadges and certificates in an awards ceremony at the RCVS.

Andrea Jeffery, chairman of the VN council, welcomed the qualifying nurses and their friends and families. She spoke of the development of veterinary nursing from the 1960s, when nurses were known as Registered Animal Nursing Auxiliaries, into an independently-regulated profession with its own guide to professional conduct and register. She also spoke about the career options available to nurses once they have qualified.

She said: “You have worked hard to achieve your qualification and make a start in a profession that can be a career for life. It is satisfying and challenging to develop as a professional and the title ‘veterinary nurse’ is something to be proud of.”

RCVS president Jill Nute congratulated the Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) on their achievement as she presented the awards. She reminded the new VNs of the importance working as a practice team to provide a caring and competent veterinary service, and urged them to seek advice and help from practice colleagues.

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