Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has published a guide for student veterinary nurses and providers of veterinary nursing education regarding fitness to practise issues.

The new guide, entitled Fitness to Practise – A Guide for UK Providers of Veterinary Nursing Education and Student Veterinary Nurses, was produced by a Working Party comprising representatives of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council as well as representatives from a variety of training providers and the British Veterinary Nursing Association. Although each training provider will have in place its own specific guidelines and procedures for dealing with fitness to practise cases, training providers are encouraged to have regard to this guidance as an example of good practice.

The guide, an equivalent of a previously published guide for student veterinary surgeons, is split into two parts: the first part provides guidance for training providers on recognising and addressing fitness to practise concerns; the second part sets out the broad principles of fitness to practise that student veterinary nurses should follow, and that training providers should expect and uphold.

Kathy Kissick, Vice Chair of Veterinary Nurses Council and Chair of the Working Party that produced the guide, says: “I am delighted with the completion of the student veterinary nurse fitness to practise guide. This guide will enable student veterinary nurses and educators to have clear guidelines and procedures to enable professional standards to be established and maintained throughout training, regardless of the training route being undertaken.

“This guide was produced with the input of veterinary nurse educational institutions and will help all training providers to prepare their veterinary nursing students for the rigours of professional registration and regulation.”

The guide can be downloaded for free from www.rcvs.org.uk/publications.

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