Feedback to veterinary community website Vision Online indicates that members of the profession are “extremely concerned” about the proposed changes to the training of veterinary nurses.

According to a site spokesman, particular apprehension seems to focus on the extent of the changes, the proposed reduction of the practical training element and the increase in “college days”.

Both vets and nurses have voiced concerns that a number of these changes are “radical, unnecessary and without justification”.

Feedback from vets and nurses indicates that they are generally happy with the training programme that currently exists but would like the extensive bureaucracy removed – indeed this seems to be the single, biggest issue.

While the latter has been addressed, the RCVS proposals are perceived to go beyond what is required by the profession and appear to have caused considerable upset as voiced by a number of veterinary professionals.

With a matter of days left until the consultation closes, members of the profession are urged to put their views forward directly to the RCVS’s project manager –

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