Veterinary nursing graduates from Anglia Ruskin University will be able to automatically join the register after its degree courses were granted full approval by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

The RCVS veterinary nursing education committee fully accredited the veterinary nursing and applied animal behaviour degree and foundation degree, which are delivered on behalf of the university by the College of West Anglia (CWA) in Cambridge.

The accreditation means the degrees met or exceeded the standards set out by the RCVS.

Course graduates can now join the register without undertaking a pre-registration examination.

CWA’s director of veterinary nursing Ali Santos, a registered veterinary nurse, said the college was delighted by the decision.

“The team has worked hard since the start of the degree programme in 2012 to ensure this so it is wonderful to hear we have now been rewarded,” Mrs Santos said.

“We look forward to working with all of our students, both current and prospective, to train more excellent veterinary nurses.

RCVS head of veterinary nursing Julie Dugmore congratulated the university and the CWA.

“The decision was made after a number of stringent audits during which we looked at the university’s quality assurance policies, visited the college and its associated training practices, observed examinations and interviewed students on the courses,” she said.

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