'Help us influence change, vet nurses urged

17 Oct 2020

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By Georgina Mills

‘Own your nursing profession’ was the rallying cry from the British Veterinary Nursing Association’s ‘This is us ‘event, which took place from 9–11 October.

The event, held virtually in lieu of the association’s annual congress, offered ‘a weekend of celebration’ for the veterinary nursing profession.

One topical discussion on 9 October focused on the work of RCVS’ Legislation Working Party and its plans for expanding the veterinary nurse’s (VN’s) role in areas such as anaesthesia and cat castrations, and for seeking legal protection of the VN title (VR, 25 July/1 August 2020, vol 187, pp 54–55).

Chair of the RCVS VN council Matthew Rendle said there seemed to be a perception among some vets that if VNs were allowed to carry out procedures such as cat castrations, they would ‘go off and set up neutering clinics’ or take vets’ jobs. But this wasn’t the case, he...