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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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Public urged to provide homes for swifts

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 The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  

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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”