The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the UK, has launched an online petition calling on Parliament to protect the title ‘veterinary nurse’ in law.
The petition, which can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106153, was launched via the official UK Government and Parliament petition website.
It asks for a change in law to protect animal welfare by ensuring that only those individuals who hold the relevant qualifications and are on the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses may call themselves ‘veterinary nurse’. Currently, anyone may call themselves a veterinary nurse, even if they have no qualifications or experience and are not registered as such.
The RCVS drew up the ‘Veterinary Nurse (Protection of Title) Bill’ with the help of legislative draftsmen and the Clerk of the House of Lords. This was submitted to a ballot of the House of Lords in May by former RCVS President and Council member Professor the Lord Trees and received its first reading on 10 June.
In conjunction with the petition, the RCVS has also produced a template letter which the profession and public can use to write to their local Member of Parliament asking them to support the campaign.
Those who wish to sign the petition can do so on the UK Government and Parliament petition website here.
To download a template letter to send to your MP please visit www.rcvs.org.uk/vntitle