Have you ever wondered who is responsible for the nursing care of your pets when you leave them at your veterinary Practice?
Most clients will know who their veterinary surgeons are but what about the qualified nurses that work in the practice?
The formal veterinary nursing qualification that has been recognised in the UK for over half a century is that of VN, nowadays known as RVN, to indicate that the holder’s name is held on the RCVS Register of qualified veterinary nurses. The register is similar to that maintained by the RCVS for qualified veterinary surgeons and it ensures that these nurses are professionally accountable for their actions.
The training period for this qualification is very intensive and takes two or three years. A large portion of this time is spent gaining clinical experience in an RCVS approved training practice where student veterinary nurses work under supervision of qualified veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons.
The successful student nurse will be awarded a level 3 Diploma and will be eligible to enter the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and use the letters after their name of ‘RVN’. The uniform worn by qualified veterinary nurses is bottle green, while student veterinary nurses (SVN) generally wear green and white stripes.
RVN’s provide wide and varying roles in the practice, including in-patient care, surgical nursing and anaesthesia, nurse clinics and diagnostic procedures. You can find information on our nursing clinics, here…
At Powis & Partners we have two RVN’s
Joanne, RVN has been with the practice for over 25 years and is also our A1 Assessor and Clinical Coach; this means she is responsible for the ongoing training and assessment of the SVN’s.
Bonnie, RVN is our Head Nurse and has been with the practice since 2015.
We also have 2 Student Veterinary Nurses (SVN) Laura and Emma. Laura joined us in 2007 and Emma in 2001 as Nursing Assistants. They started their training earlier in the year and will soon be enrolled with RCVS.
As well as the RVN’s, the practice also has 7 nursing assistants. Nursing assistants do not hold any formal qualifications but play an equally important role within the practice providing help and support for the RVN’s, SVN’s and veterinary surgeons.
If you are interested in a career as a Veterinary Nurse, our RVN and SVN’s will be only too happy to advise you.