New Veterinary Nursing Qualification Approved by the RCVS

Awarding organisation, VetSkill, is delighted to announce the provisional accreditation of a new veterinary nursing qualification by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

On 30 May 2018, the RCVS approved the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) for those wishing to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses. The new, two year, qualification has been developed alongside consultation with training providers, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to ensure it is fit for purpose and produces veterinary nurses with the necessary skills and competences required in today’s modern veterinary practice.

Throughout the development of the qualification there has been an emphasis on removing excessive duplication and outdated/less relevant content to relieve some of the pressures that students are put under. This has also allowed for the addition of some new content, such as the embedding of a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) Certificate of Registration into the qualification.

VetSkill Chairman, Greg Warman, said “We are absolutely delighted to have received formal provisional approval of the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) from the RCVS. Over the past couple of years we have spoken to hundreds of people involved in training student veterinary nurses up and down the country; listening to the things they feel are important in a veterinary nursing qualification and, more importantly, what they find frustrating about current training methods”. He continued “To this end we have strived to produce a streamlined yet comprehensive and modern veterinary nursing qualification that develops holistic veterinary nurses competent to practice as Registered Veterinary Nurses in real life veterinary practice”.

The new qualification is available now for delivery by VetSkill Approved Centres. It is expected that the first courses will be available for enrolment in colleges by early next year.

Download the qualification brochure.