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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.