The average RVN salary has continued to rise over the past year, however, it is still £6,000 below the national average.

The average RVN salary has continued to rise over the past year, however, it is still £6,000 below the national average, according to new figures from BVNA and SPVS.

VN wages continue to rise slightly year-on-yearBut despite lagging behind the UK average wage, salaries for all VN roles, from SVNs, RVNs – whether degree or diploma qualified – and DipAVNs, are going up, in marked contrast to veterinary surgeon wages.

The findings were revealed in the 2013 SPVS/BVNA Salary Survey, which aims to gauge the pay and benefits of nurses across the UK, as well as regional variations in remuneration.

The survey was compiled from 911 responses polled by the associations earlier this year.

While the average RVN salary, now at £20,208, is still more than £6,000 behind the national UK average of £26,500, it is still rising year-on-year, from £19,075 last year and £18,804 in 2010.

SVN wages are also up, at £13,400 from £13,000 in 2012.

SPVS spokesman Peter Brown admitted there were “few surprises” with the VN results, but he urged nurses to be encouraged by the upward trends.

“Overall, the figures show VN salaries are continuing upwards, as previously.

“There has been a slight increase across the board year-on-year, which is what we would hope for. Meanwhile, it’s much more volatile on the vet front.”

The 2013 veterinary surgeon wages survey, compiled from almost 600 vet responses, showed small animal vet salaries are continuing to decrease year-on-year (now at an average of £37,087), as are those working in 75% small animal practice. Mixed, large animal and equine veterinary salaries are slightly more stable or increasing slightly.

“There has been this running dip in small animal vet wages over the past couple of years, but nurses are managing to hold their pay, which should be reassuring for them,” Mr Brown added.

He speculated as to whether demographic differences in the two professions, with more vets entering the UK market, compared to an undersupply of RVNs, could be behind the stronger nursing trend.

The 2013 figures also show regional wage variations remain similar to 2012 and 2010 findings. RVNs working in London earn the most on average (£23,714), compared to nurses in practice in Merseyside and the Midlands, who were on the lowest regional average (£18,800). 

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