Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month - what is a Registered Veterinary Nurse?

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This Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, meet Becci our Deputy Head Nurse, one of our registered veterinary nurses (RVNs). Here at Severn Edge RVNs wear bottle green tunics, a silver and red enamel RCVS badge on their collar and will have ‘RVN’ post-nominals on their name badges.

Did you know that despite campaigns, the ‘veterinary nurse’ title is not yet protected in law? Technically any unregistered, untrained person can call themselves a veterinary nurse. However, only a qualified, RCVS registered veterinary nurse is subject to the most rigorous of professional standards, is governed by a code of conduct and required to undertake a fixed amount of continued professional development each year, keeping their knowledge and skills up to date.

Veterinary surgeons can also delegate to an RVN to provide certain medical treatments and even minor surgeries, further underlining the level of training required to earn their registered status.

Keep an eye out on our page this month to learn more about what our RVNs do day to day.