A new badge has been designed to specifically recognise registered veterinary nurses. A combinaton of existing VN and Dip AVN badges (pictured), the new pin will be issued to all qualifying RVNs free of charge.
A new badge has been designed to specifically recognise registered veterinary nurses. A combinaton of existing VN and Dip AVN badges, the new pin will be issued to all qualifying RVNs free of charge and will be made available to existing RVNs for a small fee.
Following initial talks in February, VN Council members agreed to a format for the new badge during its most recent meeting on May 10, although finishing touches are yet to be finalised.
The new badge would be the same size as the existing VN badge but in the style of the Dip AVN badge (right).
It will have the words “veterinary nurse” around the top and “registered” at the bottom. The rim of the badge would be the same colour red as the existing VN badge, however, the background would be gold instead of silver.
Speaking at the May council meeting about the need to have the word “registered” on a new badge Libby Earle, head of veterinary nursing at the RCVS, said: “If it’s got registered on it, it makes the point that person is registered – not listed – and we’re making the point that it shouldn’t be worn if that person is not on the register.”
However, she added the college does not want existing RVNs to feel pressured into getting the new badge.
College register Jane Hern replied: “If we’re going to have a new badge that has ‘registered’ on it we’re offering that distinction [between listed and registered] and we have to offer people who are registered that choice [to buy one if they want].”
When asked how much it would cost to purchase the new badge Ms Earle estimated it would be “about £10“.
Council decided to leave the final touches – such as the exact shade of gold – to chairman Liz Branscombe and an RCVS spokesman later told vetsonline the new badge is expected to be rolled out to new graduates in October, and possibly previewed at BVNA Congress beforehand.