The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Congress in Ketteringwas the venue for two examples of productive partnership working at theweekend, between Lantra andthe BVNA.

Lantra Industry Partnership Manager, Lisa Jarvis with BVNA Senior Vice President Bonny Millar as she signs the MoU on the Lantra stand at BVNA Congress 2009

At the Congress (October 9-11), attended by Veterinary Nurses from across the UK, Lantra (the Sector Skills Council) launched its review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the profession and also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between itself and the BVNA. This strengthens the existing collaborative relationships between the two organisations and a commitment to work together.

Lantra Industry Partnership Manager, Lisa Jarvis, said: “One of the main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding is for Lantra and the BVNA to work together to shape qualifications and develop the national occupational standards that are relevant to employer needs. So what better place than Congress to launch the review – it’s the perfect platform to talk to hundreds of veterinary nurses and get their opinions.”

The Memorandum of Understanding will allow the two organisations to focus on the key areas of work, especially in such an important year where there will be potential changes to the training of veterinary nurses.

BVNA Senior Vice President, Bonny Millar, added: “This agreement will help the BVNA to better understand the needs of veterinary nurses as a whole and I look forward to our continued work with Lantra.”

If you missed Lantra at BVNA Congress and want to take part in the NOS review then Lantra is holding a number of 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) or contact Lantra on 0845 707 8007 or email

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