BVNA webinar on the Legislative Reform Consultation

The BVNA have produced a webinar, which was aired live on Facebook on 19th March 2021, and included BVNA President Jo Oakden, RVN and RN Helen Ballantyne, RVN Tom Reilly and MRCVS Liz Mullineaux.

RCVS VN Council election 2021 sees 14 candidates standing

RCVS VN Council election 2021 sees 14 candidates standing

The RCVS VN Council, following an extension of the nomination period, sees 14 candidates put themselves forward for the one remaining place on Council.

Following the initial nomination period, where only one Council member, Susan Howarth, put themselves forward for re-election; the RCVS extended the nomination period and has now received a record number of nominations for the one remaining place on Council.

The RCVS was also able to gain permission from Privy Council to temporarily amend its Election Scheme to allow voting to take place entirely online this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its impact on the postal service.

Voting is taking place as of this week (week commencing 15th March 2021), and as a Registered Veterinary Nurse you should have received an email with a link and associated security codes to enable you to vote.

This is your opportunity to cast your vote for the veterinary nurse who you feel will best represent and help to shape the future of our profession in their role on Council and in making a contribution to their important work.

You can view the candidate manifestos by visiting the RCVS VN Council 2021 election page here.

You can also view information about the current Council members here.

All votes must be cast by 5pm on Friday, 23 April 2021.

Celebrating neurodiversity week

The RCVS Mind Matters Initiative (MMI) held a series of activities to mark Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2021, which runs from 15th – 21st March this year.

Professor David Argyle resigns from RCVS Council

Professor David Argyle has announced his personal decision to resign from RCVS Council.

RCVS launches Diversity & Inclusion Group (DIG) Strategy

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) have launched the strategy of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, outlining the areas of focus to improve diversity and inclusion within the veterinary professions.

Most veterinary staff concerned about the impact of menopause

A recent survey run by Veterinary Woman (VW) and SPVS has highlighted the impact of the menopause on working life, with three-quarters concerned about its impact on health, life and work.

Council approves pathway for RVNs to become PSS Assessors

At the January meeting of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council, members approved a pathway for registered veterinary nurses (RVNs) to become Assessors for the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) and also approved a new Equine Emergency Services Clinic accreditation.

A first for veterinary nurse Emma Gerrard

Veterinary Nurse and ONCORE tutor Emma Gerrard, has been appointed BSAVA regional chair and council representative – and is the first veterinary nurse to represent the association in this role.

Legislative Reform Consultation extended to April 2021

The RCVS Legislative Reform Consultation has been extended to April in order to give members of the professions and the public more time to respond, particularly in light of the current difficult circumstances with the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

Puppy socialisation classes – far more than a party

What is the impact of ‘social distancing’ on puppies’ emotional development and welfare, and what can we as veterinary nurses do to help puppies and their owners?