Veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons who wish to serve as members of the RCVS Ethics Review Panel (ERP) can submit their applications now.
Working party recommendation
The ERP trial follows a recommendation from a joint working party established by the RCVS and BVA. In its report, the party said it found an increasing amount of clinical research was being conducted by private practice-based vets. It therefore implored the college to consider establishing a committee to review such research.
According to the college, the ERP will begin considering research proposals from vets and vet nurses from 1 August, with a trial set to run for one year. For this trial, the process will be limited to considering research projects involving cats and/or dogs, with the possibility of expanding to other species if the trial is extended or made permanent.
The RCVS is looking to recruit four vet members and a vet nurse member for the ERP. They will join a lay member and ethicist chairman.
How to apply
Those interested in applying can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion. The closing date for applications is 15 April.