The RCVS VN Council has recommended that the Royal College should cease being an awarding body next year, which means it would no longer offer the vocational Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
The RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council has recommended that the Royal College should cease being an awarding body next year, which means it would no longer offer the vocational Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
The recommendation was made at its meeting yesterday (October 11), but is pending ratification by RCVS Council at its meeting on November 3.
The Royal College aims to ensure the diploma remains available by transferring the intellectual property associated with the qualification (question banks and systems, etc.) to another larger awarding body.
This decision is said to reflect recent changes in the regulatory conditions of approval for awarding bodies, and relates mainly to potential conflicts of interest between the college’s primary role as professional regulator and its role as an awarding body.
Colonel Neil Smith, chairman of the RCVS awarding body board, said: “The RCVS has been offering vocational qualifications since 1998 and the decision to cease being an awarding body has not been taken lightly.
“We have taken this decision in order to focus on our core responsibilities of professional regulation and standard setting. However, we remain committed to maintaining the diploma, which has been carefully developed by the RCVS and the profession. This move ensures that it will stay in safe hands.”
As the professional regulator, the college will continue to issue RCVS certificates and badges to those who have successfully completed a registerable qualification – such as an approved vocational qualification run by another awarding body, or an RCVS-recognised veterinary nursing degree.
- Students still in the process of completing the old NVQ qualifications, the accreditation of which is due to run out in 2013, will continue to be serviced by the RCVS.
- The Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing will be unaffected by the change as the qualification is awarded by the college under its Royal Charter powers.