LANTRA is inviting veterinary nurses and vets to contribute to a consultation on their National Occupational Standards (NOS).

The feedback will help shape the future of veterinary nurse training and make sure the NOS for the industry accurately reflect the requirements of employers and the role of the VN in practice.

Meetings are being held in October, November and December to encourage as many interested parties as possible the opportunity to contribute to shaping the standards. Feedback can also be given online, or by email or telephone.

Lisa Jarvis, Lantra’s Partnership Manager for veterinary nursing and a RVN herself, said: “NOS identify the detailed knowledge, understanding, ability and experiences somebody needs to carry out their job effectively. Lantra works hard with industry to make sure they fit their needs and is kicking off this consultation process by holding a number of meetings over the next couple of months.”

The first meeting will take place at BVNA Congress 2009, Kettering (9-11 October) and will be followed by meetings at RVC, Potters Bar (19 October, 18.00 to 21.00), Myerscough College (19 November, 13.00 to 17.00) and Somerset College, Taunton (3 December,13.00 to 17.00).

Lisa Jarvis continued: “These meetings will give all those interested parties the opportunity to come along and define the standards for today’s veterinary nurse. We want as many people to get involved as possible but if you can’t join us at a meeting, you can register with us to take part in the online consultation that will follow in the New Year.”

Lantra represents 17 environmental and land-based industries, which will benefit by ensuring that their own NOS are fit for purpose. The standards help businesses improve performance and productivity as they can be used to identify the skills needed for their workforce, highlight best practice, develop training and recruitment plans and develop job descriptions.

If you would like to take part in the consultation to help industry get the most out of veterinary nurse training, please visit, telephone Lantra on 0845 707 8007 or register your interest by emailing

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