District Veterinary Nursing Development Group – vision and aims

The District Veterinary Nursing Development Group have released their vision for district veterinary nursing,  and their aims for the work of the group.

Background to the group

The District Veterinary Nurse Development Group was established in Spring 2018 by a voluntary group of like-minded people, to discuss the value of a District Veterinary Nurse in the veterinary profession. The group is focused on exploring how a formally regulated role could develop as a new career pathway for Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN’s), potentially develop a District Veterinary Nurse (DVN) training route or qualification, and to support those wishing to become District Veterinary Nurses.

Our Vision

Our vision is that all owners and patients are offered district veterinary nursing support as part of a prescribed treatment plan, when discharged from any veterinary premises.

That all animals receive their veterinary treatment when the owner’s situation or the patient’s health may prevent this from being delivered by the owner.

Without judgement and accessible to all, a District Registered Veterinary Nurse “should be a vision of the future” readily offered by vets no matter what the circumstances, to help support the veterinary profession in delivering the five freedoms and One Health One Welfare. That District Registered Veterinary Nurses form part of social prescribing and contribute to the professions compliance with the Equality Act 2010. That Registered Veterinary Nurses have a clear route for career progression and an alternative career path in different aspects of the community, with the opportunity to develop and utilise additional transferable skills.

Our Aims

  • Explore and research the relevance, need and impact of the District Veterinary Nursing role
  • Investigate and understand the legal and professional aspects of District Veterinary Nursing, and promote and maintain the integrity of District Veterinary Nurses
  • Consider the educational, professional communication and support requirements of District Veterinary Nurses
  • Educate and gather opinion from the profession and the public on the benefits of the role and its importance within the One Health and One Welfare model.
  • Collaborate with professional bodies and associations
  • Build a network of interested and invested parties

The District Veterinary Nursing Development Group are:

Cathie Bree-Aslan and Danny Aslan

Dot Creighton DipAVN (surgical) RVN

Carla Finzel RVN

Debbie Gray RVN BSc(Hons) Cert Ed QTLS

Dr. Suzen Gregersen, DVM, MBA, MRCVS

Belinda (Bin) Johnston MA VetMB MRCVS

Jill Macdonald DipAVN (surgical) RVN FHEA

Joy Venturi-Rose MSc BA Ed (Hons) RVN