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RCVS updates guidance for VN training organisations
The VN Standards Framework details the professional values, knowledge, skills and behaviours that need to be met by those responsible for training veterinary nurses.
Update contains six overarching standards and how they can be evidenced.

The RCVS has published updated guidance for how veterinary nurses are educated and trained.

The College’s VN Standards Framework applies to higher education institutions and awarding bodies that set veterinary nursing curricula, the centres that deliver the courses, and the affiliated RCVS-approved training practices where student veterinary nurses carry out their placements. 

As with previous versions of the guidance, this new version contains six overarching standards (learning culture; governance and quality; student empowerment; educators and assessors; curricula and assessment; and effective clinical learning) and how they can be evidenced.

The update follows feedback from stakeholders and was approved at a meeting of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council in February 2021. 

“During 2020, accreditations and quality monitoring audits were conducted against the RCVS Standards Framework for Veterinary Nurse Education and Training,” explained Julie Dugmore, RCVS director of veterinary nursing. “Feedback from all involved was positive but reflected a need for clarification in some areas and further examples to assist with evidencing compliance.

“Since February 2021, four accreditations have been conducted against the updated standards, the results of which demonstrate a positive move towards the outcomes-based approach to accreditation and quality monitoring.”

The VN Standards Framework, approved in November 2019, details the professional values, knowledge, skills and behaviours that need to be met by those responsible for training student veterinary nurses. 

This latest update considers the feedback received from stakeholders following the application of new standards last year.

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.