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RCVS case studies aim to clarify Schedule 3
A series of five case studies show how veterinary nurses and student veterinary nurses can work within Schedule 3 in everyday clinical practice.
Consultation highlighted confusion over delegating to nurses 

The RCVS has released a series of case studies to help vets and nurses understand what can and cannot be delegated to veterinary nurses, under Schedule 3 under the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

A consultation by the college last year found there is some confusion in the profession about the legal framework of Schedule 3, which allows vets to delegate certain tasks and procedures to veterinary nurses and student veterinary nurses.

In a press release, the college said the legal framework is ‘unfortunately not without its ambiguities and could benefit from updating’.

However, the position regarding Schedule 3 has not changed and the college clarified that it is not introducing new rules or requirements. Developing the role of the veterinary nurse to meet the needs of modern veterinary medicine will take time, it added.

Meanwhile, the RCVS is looking to help veterinary professionals to feel confident that they are working safely and legally, and that nurses are fully utilised.

A series of five case studies show how veterinary nurses and student veterinary nurses can work within Schedule 3 in everyday clinical practice. They should be read in conjunction with chapter 18 of the supporting guidance to the Code of Professional Conduct.

The following four case studies demonstrate what falls outside the Schedule 3 exemption:

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”