Practices and organisations are being urged to participate in an apprenticeship scheme for veterinary nurses.

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Medivet is working with City & Guilds and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to develop and deliver the new apprenticeship – part of the Government Trailblazer programme.

Julie Dugmore, head of veterinary nursing at the RCVS, said: “As the regulator of veterinary nurses we need to make sure those student veterinary nurses who go through the apprenticeship training scheme are being given training that meets our educational standards and that, on finishing the training, they are able to meet the professional standards we expect all registered veterinary nurses to possess from the time they enter practice.

“Our involvement in this project will be to help develop the apprenticeship standard for student veterinary nurses, along with an assessment plan, and proactively monitor the apprenticeship scheme for quality assurance purposes.”

Organisations collaborating with Medivet, City & Guilds and the RCVS on the initiative include:

  • Mimram Veterinary Centre
  • the Zoological Society of London
  • VetCall
  • Vale Vets and Vale Referrals
  • Goddard Veterinary Group
  • Highcroft Veterinary Group
  •  Camlas Pet Care Vets
  • Pennard Vets
  • Westway Veterinary Group
  • Ark Veterinary Centre 
  • Newnham Court Veterinary Group.

The Trailblazer programme’s aim is to put the development of apprenticeships in the hands of employers and improve training.

Skills minister Nick Boles said: “Businesses must have their say in training tomorrow’s workforce.

“Giving employers the power to design apprenticeships means apprentices graduate with the skills they need for the job they want and businesses get the talent they need to grow.

“Young people on these programmes will have the opportunity to learn sought-after skills and enjoy a great start to a working life.”

Organisations and practices that would look like to find out more about the programme should email

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