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RCVS to consult on new VN qualifications framework


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is set to ask veterinary professionals for their views on a proposed new framework for veterinary nursing qualifications post-registration.

The proposals have been developed by the RCVS following the VN Futures research project, which found that many nurses wanted a more structured and rewarding career path.

The proposed framework aims to offer enhanced level veterinary nursing awards after registration, as well as specific modules for nurses at all career levels to study independently for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The two new qualifications included in the framework are a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing and a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

A consultation will be launched in early July. An email with a link to the consultation will be sent to all veterinary nurses and surgeons. Once launched, the survey will also be available at

For further information please visit the RCVS website.

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