The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will be holding a short ceremony at a nursing congress in October for any veterinary nurses (VNs) who have missed out on the opportunity to make their professional declaration.
VNs can browse and collect literature, ask questions of RCVS staff and participate in a competition about advancing veterinary nursing standards.
RCVS VN council chairman Kathy Kissick said: “Although all veterinary nurses now make their declaration when they register with the RCVS, this has only been the case since 2012, so there are many veterinary nurses out there who haven’t yet had the opportunity.
“However, whether you’ve been in the profession for two years or two decades, I would strongly encourage veterinary nurses to take part. Not only does the declaration bring home the core responsibilities of VNs to their clients, the public, the RCVS and the animals in their care, but it also brings a great sense of belonging and demonstrates that, as a profession, veterinary nurses should hold their heads up high.”
BVNA president Kirstie Shield said the association was delighted to have been invited by the RCVS to host the ceremony for the first time at congress.
“As registered veterinary nurses we value our qualification and role within the profession and this prestigious event provides us with an opportunity to show we are responsible and devoted to what we do,” she said.
“I would urge all delegates to attend this session; whether you are taking part or merely observing, this ceremony is important to our profession and shows we are united and dedicated in our work.”
After the ceremony, Mrs Kissick will take part in a question and answer session with RCVS head of veterinary nursing Julie Dugmore, Kirstie Shield and BVNA vice-president Fiona Andrew.
Following a short presentation the floor will be opened to delegates’ questions. These can be on any topic, from the new royal charter and its impact on veterinary nursing, through changes to the supporting guidance on emergency care, to protection of the title veterinary nurse and any other issue about which they feel strongly.