A veterinary nurse with an SQP (suitably qualified person) qualification is likely to be paid more than a standard qualified VN, according to new statistics from the BVNA, SPVS and the Veterinary Practice Management Association.
A veterinary nurse with an SQP (suitably qualified person) qualification is likely to be paid more than a standard qualified VN, according to new statistics from the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) and the Veterinary Practice Management Association.
The finding comes from the 2012 edition of the Salaries Survey, a collation of salary data collected between March and May of this year from veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, managers, administrators and receptionists.
The aim of the survey, said SPVS, is to “give some indication of what is being paid as the ‘going rate‘ to act as a starting point in salary negotiations between practice and employee”.
435 responses were received for the survey. The respondent breakdown was as follows:
- 75% qualified VNs;
- 9% have a veterinary nursing degree;
- 6% have a veterinary nursing diploma;
- 3% have advanced veterinary nursing diplomas;
- 11% student VNs;
- 1% studying for a non-VN nursing qualification;
- 3% qualified veterinary care assistants; and
- 9% have an SQP qualification.
For the 290 full-time respondents, it was found that the average salary for a qualified VN was £19,881, with the minimum and maximum wages reported as £11,700 and £33,700, respectively.
However, those with an SQP qualification reported an average wage of £20,280, 2% higher than a qualified VN. However, the minimum wage reported for an SQP was far lower, at £8,800, while the highest wage reported was the same (£33,700).
In other findings, it was found that respondents from greater London received the highest average salary (£24,753), while those based in the Midlands and Merseyside received the lowest (£17,873).
It was also found that salaries paid to VN degree holders tended to be lower (£19,160) than those without degrees (£19,902). However, SPVS believe the smaller amount of years since qualification (3 for degree holders, 7 for non-degree holders) could explain the difference, as there is a definite correlation between the years of experience earned and the amount of wage paid.
“As might be expected,” reads the survey, “there is a tendency for the remuneration to increase with experience.”
To read the survey’s findings, visit the BVNA’s website.