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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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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’