The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has offered free membership to student equine registered veterinary nurses (eRVNs) to support their engagement with the community.
The offer, introduced by immediate past president David Rendle, follows the success of the free veterinary student membership introduced in 2020.
As part of the membership, eRVN students will gain online access to BEVA’s Equine Veterinary Journals and Equine Veterinary Education, as well as a special student rate to attend BEVA Congress.
Students will have free access to the BEVA online learning platform, as well as its practical veterinary apps. They will also receive discounts for every-day items such as shopping and cinema tickets.
The new membership offer forms part of several initiatives by BEVA to support equine veterinary nurses.
In September this year, the equine veterinary association introduced its Schedule 3 guidelines for registered veterinary nurses. The advice aimed to better describe the responsibilities of eRVNs, including when they are permitted to perform surgery.
BEVA Congress also saw the introduction of their Vet Nurse Empowerment Award. The accolade recognises the skills and versatility of those who actively champion the role of equine nurses in the profession.
The inaugural award was presented to Marie Rippingale during the formal Awards Ceremony.
Other benefits for eRVNs include increased CPD, a dedicated stream at BEVA Congress and a forum on the BEVA Buddy app.
David Rendle said: “Historically, equine veterinary nurses have been undervalued in practice but thankfully this is now changing,
“Veterinary nurses have invested huge amounts of time and effort to become highly skilled and it’s great that their talents, versatility and commitment are being supported and celebrated in these ways.”
BEVA president Roger Smith commented: “It is great to see free student membership being extended to veterinary nurses, another feature of our strategy to create an ever-closer bond between the equine veterinary nursing community and equine vets.”
For more information about student membership, visit the website.
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