RVNs should do more RCVS study finds
Over 11,000 respondents contributed to the consultation by the RCVS (the highest number to date).
A very high proportion of veterinary nurses (92%) and a clear majority of veterinary surgeons (71%) agreed that veterinary nurses should be able to undertake additional areas of work. However, it also highlighted relatively poor awareness of Schedule 3, and 60% of vets admitted they are not good at delegating.
Interviews highlighted the following recurring themes: limited career paths for veterinary nurses; poor pay for VNs relative to their training and complexity of work; lack of recognition and appreciation for the VN role; enthusiasm for advanced practitioner and specialist status for VNs; and difficulty recruiting experienced VNs.
Findings will be taken forward to a review of Schedule 3.