More than half of animal owners do not understand what registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) do, according to nine in ten vets polled by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
The organisation’s recent survey revealed the vital role RVNs play in practice life, with 8 in 10 vets rating the most important function as monitoring animal-patients during anaesthesia, with 7 in 10 vets rating medical nursing of in-patients as the second most important task.
RVNs undergo years of training, and must complete at least 15 hours of continuing professional development each year, as well as being registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). However the RVN title is not protected in law and currently anyone can refer to themselves as a veterinary nurse.
The findings from BVA, the leading representative body for vets in the UK, are released as a petition to legally recognise RVNs qualifications and expertise reaches its final fortnight. BVA and RCVS are urging animal owners, who benefit from veterinary care, to sign the online petition to protect the vet nurse title (click here to sign).