The RCVS’ Veterinary Nurses Council is ten years old. The council was formed in 2002 and since then, has been instrumental in a number of key milestones for the veterinary nursing profession.
The RCVS’ Veterinary Nurses Council (VNC) marked its tenth anniversary yesterday (October 9, 2012).
Founded in 2002, the VNC has aimed to guide and support veterinary nursing while helping it to become a recognised and accountable profession.
Council chairman Kathy Kissick said: “The VNC has achieved outstanding work to initiate and advance the veterinary nurse’s role as a professional and accountable member of the veterinary team.
“This has been a significant journey over a relatively short period of time and is all credit to the VNC over the past 10 years.”
In its time, the VNC has been instrumental in a number of milestones, including:
- the opening of the non-statutory Registry of Veterinary Nurses in 2007,
- the introduction of the period of supervised practice requirement in 2008,
- the launch of a disciplinary process for RVNs in 2011, and
- a new Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses in 2012.
Looking forward, Mrs Kissick said: “The future challenges for VNC will include engaging all veterinary nurses with the practicalities of professional regulation and what it actually means to all of us as veterinary nurses, regardless of the role we undertake.
“In particular, we have ambitions for VN to become a protected title and will shortly be putting formal proposals on this to DEFRA. We must also continue to be fully engaged with the veterinary profession as colleagues.”
The VNC celebrated with cake and champagne yesterday at the RCVS’ headquarters at Belgravia House, following the council’s October meeting.