Examination board and awarding organisation Central Qualifications (CQ) is asking veterinary professionals to say what they think about veterinary nurse training.

It is conducting a consultation on all aspects of VN training, qualifications and employment to help ensure graduating students have the knowledge, competence and day one skills necessary.

In particular CQ wants opinions on the following:

  • content of the veterinary nursing syllabus
  • standards of examinations and assessments
  • duration of training programmes
  • practical competencies and day one skills required by employers
  • training practice and placement location requirements;
  • the role of step up qualifications
  • routes of entry to veterinary nursing
  • advanced/postgraduate qualifications and further training options for veterinary nurses
  • pathways for existing non-qualified nursing assistants
  • accessibility of training
  • employability

A CQ spokesman said: “The feedback received will be used to maintain the quality and standards of veterinary nurse training as well as set the standards for our postgraduate qualifications.

“We would encourage all those interested in the future of veterinary nurse training and employment to participate.”

For further information or to submit your views, write to VN Consultation, Central Qualifications, Elmtree Business Park, Elmswell IP30 9HR; email vnconsultation@cqual.org or visit www.cqual.org to download a consultation form for completion.

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