The RCVS has published a guide on fitness to practise issues for student veterinary nurses and  veterinary nursing education providers.

Kathy Kissick.
Kathy Kissick.

The guide, called Fitness to Practise – A Guide for UK Providers of Veterinary Nursing Education and Student Veterinary Nurses, was produced by a working party of representatives of the RCVS VN council, training providers and the BVNA.

While the college notes each training provider will have its own guidelines and procedures for dealing with fitness to practise cases, they are “encouraged to have regard to this guidance” as an example of good practice.

Principles of fitness

The guide is split into two parts:

  • Guidance for training providers on recognising and addressing fitness to practise concerns
  • Broad principles of fitness to practise student veterinary nurses should follow, which should be expected and upheld by training providers

Kathy Kissick, vice-chairman of VN council and chairman of the guide’s working party, said: “I am delighted with the completion of the student veterinary nurse fitness to practise guide. It will enable student veterinary nurses and educators to have clear guidelines and procedures to enable professional standards to be established and maintained throughout training, regardless of the route being undertaken.

“This guide was produced with the input of veterinary nurse educational institutions and will help all training providers to prepare their veterinary nursing students for the rigours of professional registration and regulation.”

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