The RCVS and the BVNA have launched VN Futures, a companion project to Vet Futures, which aims to draw up a blueprint for the future of the VN profession.

The VN Futures project will hold evening meetings throughout spring to engage with VNs.
The VN Futures project will hold a series of evening meetings to engage with VNs.

One of the recommendations of the Vet Futures report (Taking charge of our future: a vision for the veterinary profession for 2030), published in November, was to “encourage veterinary nurse leaders to develop a report and recommendations directly relevant to veterinary nurses and their future”.

Following a joint meeting between the RCVS VN council and the BVNA council in October 2015, it was decided a VN Futures project would provide the relevant leadership and engagement to achieve this.

Action plan

An initial meeting with stakeholders took place at the RCVS on 7 January and, following this, a VN Futures action group was established with the aim of delivering an action plan at the Vet Futures Summit in the summer.

The action group includes a mix of individuals involved in the training, representation, regulation, employment and management of veterinary nurses. The biographies of the team are available at

The time frame under consideration for Vet Futures is until 2030; however, it was considered a five-year timeline may be more appropriate for veterinary nursing as it’s a younger profession, the retention rate is lower and the training cycle is shorter.


The VN Futures project is running a series of evening meetings to engage with VNs and those involved in the profession:

  • 14 March – University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  • 18 April – College of Animal Welfare, Topcliffe Close, Capitol Park, Tingley, Leeds WF3 1DR
  • 11 May – Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh EH11 4BN
  • 17 May – Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Mellors Way, Nottingham NG8 6PY (this will be a discussion stream within an RCVS regional question time)
  • 31 May – SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff CF11 9XR (this will be a discussion stream within an RCVS regional question time)

The meetings are free to attend and start at 6:30pm, with a buffet supper.

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