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New Process for joining the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses

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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have recently changed their process for students applying to enter the Register of Veterinary Nurses through the use of a new online portal.

The new process for students of The College of Animal Welfare (CAW) is as follows:

  1. On successful completion of the City & Guilds OSCE exams and CAW make a certificate claim to City & Guilds.
  2. Once the certificate has been received by CAW from City & Guilds it will be forwarded to the student.
  3. In the meantime, City & Guilds inform the RCVS directly that the student has achieved the qualification.
  4. The RCVS then emails the student a link to the online registration portal, where they must complete their application and upload a single file of evidence to show they have met the 2990 training hours (of which a minimum of 1800 must be within a Training Practice – TP).

Evidencing your training hours

Students who have been employed in practice for the entire duration of training
You must complete the Record of Training and Record of Absence and Leave and have it signed and dated by the Practice Principal registered with the RCVS as being responsible for veterinary nurse training.  CAW prepare and email to you your Record of Education (college hours). You must then combine all the documents into one file to upload to the online portal.

Students who have been on unpaid placement for the entire duration of training
CAW will email you a Summary of Training which includes details on both your hours on placement and your college hours. You will then need to upload this document to the online portal.  You do not need to complete a Record of Training or a Record of Absence and Leave as CAW will have done this for you.

Students who have spent some time on unpaid placement and some time in employment in practice
You must first complete the Record of Training and Record of Absence and Leave covering your period of employment, and have it signed and dated by the Practice Principal registered with the RCVS as being responsible for veterinary nurse training. You must then send this document, in hard copy, to The College of Animal Welfare, Headland House, Chord Business Park, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2BQ. CAW will then collate this information with your hours on placement and your college hours and email you a Summary of Training which you then need to upload to the online portal.

Further Guidance

A tutorial on how to complete your Record of Veterinary Nurse Training can be found on the VLE.

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