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February 12, 2016
by Leanne Egland

Do pet owners know what veterinary nurses do?

According to nine in ten vets polled by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), more than half of animal owners do not understand what registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) do.

BVA’s ‘Voice of the Veterinary Profession’ survey revealed the vital role RVN’s play in practice life, with vets rating the top two most important functions as monitoring animal-patients during anaesthesia (80%) and the medical nursing of in-patients (69%).

RVNs undergo years of training, and must complete at least 15 hours continuing professional development each year, as well as being registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

However, the RVN title is not protected in law and currently anyone can refer to themselves as a veterinary nurse. The BVA and RCVS are urging animal owners who benefit from veterinary care, to sign the online petition to protect the vet nurse title. The petition expires on Sunday 14th February.

Veterinary Nursing

February 11, 2016
by agerman

Veterinary Nursing September 2016: Applications now open!

The College of Animal Welfare is delighted to announce that its September 2016 Level 3 Diploma/Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing programmes are now open for application.

These programmes will be running on a day release basis at Huntingdon, Potters Bar and Leeds, and via block release at Edinburgh.

Each programme is open to both students who are employed in a veterinary practice that is approved to train veterinary nurses (TP/aTP), and to those who are not but will be undertaking the programme alongside work placement in a TP/aTP.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found on our website.

February 10, 2016
by agerman

Important OFSTED Information: Have your say!

Calling all students and employers! As you may be aware, this week The College of Animal Welfare is undergoing an Ofsted Inspection. You should have received an email with a link to a survey to complete – the information gathered from these surveys is being used by the inspectors this week so please ensure you complete it as soon as possible so your views can be considered.

As a reminder the links to the surveys are (Learners) and (Employers).

Thank you in advance.

RCVS Logo New

February 9, 2016
by Leanne Egland

RCVS and VN Council elections 2016: Quiz the Candidates

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has announced the candidates standing in the RCVS Council and Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council elections this year, and is, once again, inviting veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to put their questions to them directly in this year’s ‘Quiz the candidates’

There are eight candidates contesting six places in the RCVS Council, including four existing council members eligible for re-election and four new candidates.

  • Mr Christopher Barker MRCVS
  • Ms Amanda Boag MRCVS
  • Dr Melissa Donald MRCVS
  • Miss Lucie Goodwin MRCVS
  • Mr Thomas Lonsdale MRCVS
  • Professor Stephen May FRCVS
  • Dr Cheryl Scudamore FRCVS
  • Dr Christopher (Kit) Sturgess MRCVS

Six veterinary nurses are contesting two places in this year’s VN Councils elections, all of whom are new candidates.

  • Mrs Stacey Bullock RVN
  • Miss Racheal Marshall RVN
  • Mrs Wendy Nevins RVN
  • Mr Matthew Rendle RVN
  • Mrs Samantha Thompson RVN
  • Miss Helen Tottey RVN

All votes must be cast, either online or by post by 5pm on Friday 29th April 2016.

The College is inviting members of both professions to ‘Quiz the candidates’ by putting their questions directly to all those standing for election. Each candidate will then be invited to choose two questions to answer from those received, and produce a video recording of their answers. All recordings will be published on the RCVS website on Thursday 17th March.

‘Last year, all election candidates produced videos for the first time and, with over 3,500 views in total, it seemed a popular way for voters to find out more about the individuals who were standing’ says RCVS Chief Executive Nick Stace.

Vets and nurses should email their question (only one per person) to or post it on the College’s Facebook page or on twitter using the hashtags #vetvote16 or #VNvote16 by midday on Monday 29th February.

February 8, 2016
by agerman

Health and Fitness ‘Tip of the week’: Water!

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends an intake of 2.5 litres of water for men and 2.0 litres of water for women per day, via food and drink consumption. Of this, they suggest that 70-80% of the daily water intake should come from drinks, and the remaining 20-30% should come from food.” (

Based on the above and that a glass is approx. 250ml, you should aim to drink at least:

  • 1750ml (7 cups) to 2000ml (8 cups) men per day
  • 1400ml (5.6 cups) to 1600ml (6.4 cups) women per day
  • Or a glass of water every 2 to 3 hours (based on a 14 hour day)
  • Or 2.5 to 4 glasses during your day at college. (total 625ml to 1000ml)
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February 5, 2016
by agerman

British Value Poster Winner Announced!

British Values Winning PosterThe College of Animal Welfare would like to thank all its student who entered the recent British Values poster competition. The task was set for students to design a poster promoting the importance of the five British Values:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

Entries were reviewed by the Principal of The College of Animal Welfare and the lucky winner was Skyla Mastrantuono! Skyla, a Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistant student, won a brand new Kindle Fire HD 10!

Skyla’s poster includes some fantastic examples of how each value is implemented such as the use of ID badges for ‘The rule of law’ and the celebrations of different cultures for ‘tolerance of faiths and beliefs’.

The College of Animal Welfare offers huge congratulations to Skyla and we look forward to seeing the poster displayed on our website and around each of our four centres!

February 4, 2016
by Zara Watson

Apprenticeships – tomorrow’s talent

Are you an organisation that works with animals? Have you ever thought of hiring an apprentice?

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 The College of Animal Welfare would like to invite you to come along to our free ‘Apprenticeships -tomorrow’s talent’ event.  Taking place on Tuesday 15 March from 6pm – 8pm at our Huntingdon centre, a great event not to be missed!

A great opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships, the benefits they can bring and how their enthusiasm can progress your organisation. We’ll also be launching our new CAW Animal Care apprenticeship too! Our current vacancies will be displayed and our CAW representatives will be on hand to answer any of your questions and concerns.

CAW will help you find the right candidate for your organisation from the initial advertising of your vacancy through to scheduling interviews with the most aspiring applicants. We’ll make it as smooth sailing as possible for you to gain the workforce you require.

More and more small and medium sized businesses are taking on apprentices and reaping the benefits; with a range of apprenticeships now on offer in a variety of industries. We want to encourage the animal care industry to take on more apprentices so that students gain real hands on experience alongside their academic studies – giving them the chance to progress and allow them the opportunity to make a real difference to your industry.