A new badge for registered veterinary nurses will be launched by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons at BVNA Congress in Kettering (October 7-9, 2011).
A new badge for registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) will be launched by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons at BVNA Congress in Kettering (October 7-9).
The launch ties in with the 50th anniversary of veterinary nurse training, and highlights the fact that RVNs, while qualified to the same level as their listed colleagues, stand apart because they additionally agree to account for their professional practice and keep their skills and knowledge up to date.
The non-statutory RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses was introduced in 2007, and RVNs abide by a code of professional conduct, commit to continuing professional development (CPD) and, from April 1 this year, can be taken to task via a disciplinary system.
The new badge builds upon the old version but with the word “registered” underneath. Plans for a more dramatic redesign were shelved when the college saw the affection in which VNs held the traditional badge.
Liz Branscombe, chairman of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council, said: “There is currently no legislation to protect veterinary nurses’ title and area of work, but we have not stood still and the register shows a real commitment to developing our status as professionals. We need to ensure this commitment is recognised by clients and others in the veterinary team, and hope the new badge will make it easier to identify who is professionally accountable.”
There are 8,682 registered veterinary nurses, while 1,463 remain on the unregulated list.
The new badge will be presented to all those qualifying since July 4, 2011. Those registering earlier can purchase it for £15 (to cover the cost of the badge and engraving it with the RVN’s individual number) until January 31, 2012.
RVNs are under no obligation to purchase the new badge, although the college hopes that many will choose to do so to mark the step forward which the profession has made.
- VNs attending BVNA Congress in Kettering are encouraged to visit the RCVS stand in the gallery area to take part in a 50th anniversary quiz, collect their chocolate version of the new badge, and find out how to obtain the real thing.
- Liz Branscombe will also be making a presentation on October 8 about the new disciplinary system for registered veterinary nurses.