Voting for the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Council elections 2012 will open in mid-March. Three candidates are competing for two places on Council – that’s the body that makes decisions about the future of your profession, so it’s important that you have your say.

Details of the candidates, information about how to vote (by post, online and by text message) and ballot papers will be posted to all listed and registered veterinary nurses with the March issue of RCVS News. Information will also be available on but you will need your ballot papers to vote. If you’re not sure who to vote for, drop the candidates an e-mail to pose a question on a regulation or education issue that’s close to your heart.

The veterinary nursing profession has fought hard to have its own Council, so don’t squander your opportunity to choose who sits on it. Votes must be cast by 5pm on Friday 27th April. 

Visit us at BSAVA!

If you are going to Birmingham for this year’s British Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress (11th-15th April), be sure to drop by the RCVS stand (F1 in the International Conference Centre). You can try your hand at our code-cracking competition and be in with a chance to win a shiny new Kindle.

The competition marks the introduction of the new Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses (there will be one for vets too), which represents quite a departure from the old Guide. All registered veterinary nurses must abide by the new Code, and a copy will be mailed out in due course. Come and find out what the change means for you.

In addition, the RCVS team will be on hand to answer any questions about VN training and education, including the divestment of the Awarding Body and the transition to City & Guilds. 

Congratulations to successful students

We were very pleased to hear that VN students achieved excellent results in the latest round of practical examinations.

Of the 237 candidates attempting the Level 3 Diploma practical exams (OSCEs) in December, 165 passed, giving a pass rate of 70 per cent. Many candidates also passed with a clear margin, with a third of those entering successful in 10 or more of the 12 exam stations – to pass, candidates need success in at least eight stations.

Students sitting the old-style NVQ Level 3 practical exams also gained excellent results. Of these 62 candidates, 49 were successful, resulting in a pass rate of 79 per cent, the highest in recent times.

Lists of the successful candidates can be found at:

Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 27 • March 2012 •