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RCVS publishes new blogs on VN careers
“The veterinary nursing profession offers many opportunities for career progression."
Career case studies posted as VNAM comes to an end 

The RCVS has posted a series of new blogs on veterinary nursing careers, to mark the end of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month.

Published on the VN Futures website, the new blogs aim to highlight differing career pathways available to veterinary nurses.

VN Futures is a joint initiative by the RCVS and BVNA, which aims to help the veterinary nursing profession visualise future challenges and respond to them.

Three case studies have been uploaded from Carl Rudkin, an oncology nurse at Davies Veterinary Specialists; Samantha Thompson, a clinical nursing manager at North Downs Veterinary Referrals; and Claire Speight, a head nurse at Vets4Pets Kettering.

VN Futures project manager Jill Macdonald said: “The veterinary nursing profession offers many opportunities for career progression, and the case studies, from veterinary nurses in a wide variety of different roles, are a great way to help nurses find more about the diverse career pathways available.”

In addition to the blogs, there is a section introducing the VN Futures board members and an update on a recent meeting.

 

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RCVS carries out annual VN CPD audit

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 The RCVS is carrying out its annual veterinary nurse CPD audit and has sent out requests for the CPD records of more than 1,100 nurses this week.

Under the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct, nurses are required to carry out at least 45 hours of CPD over a rolling three-year period. This year, 1,130 nurses have been asked to share their records from 2016-2018 to show that they have complied with the requirements.

Earlier this year, the VN Council decided to expedite the referral process for nurses who have not complied with the CPD requirement for three or more years. In such cases nurses will have their records sent to the CPD Referral Group. 

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Kew Gardens seeking vets for Ethnoveterinary Medicine Project

A new project at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, is seeking the help of vets to find out how plants were traditionally used to treat animals.

The Ethnoveterinary Medicine Project is aiming to record the remaining knowledge from across the British Isles, before it disappears.

Visit the Kew Gardens website for more information or email ethnovet@kew.org to share data.