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Celebrate Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month with us!

Outside of the consulting room, most of the attention and medical care your pet receives is at the hands of a veterinary nurse. It is this we celebrate each May, as Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) gives us an opportunity to talk about our role in caring for your pets. In any given day a veterinary nurse may find themselves taking x-rays, medicating patients, doing consults, maintaining equipment, monitoring anaesthetics, dressing wounds, answering phones, and the list goes on!

The title “Veterinary Nurse” is not yet protected in law (meaning anyone can use it), but it is advised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that it should be taken to mean only Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). RVNs have undertaken a rigorous training programme, sat examinations, and are subject to a Code of Conduct, which includes a disciplinary process if a grievance should arise. We continue to study, and log professional development hours to maintain our Registration throughout our careers. Some RVNs undertake specialist training in a range of topics, especially the care of exotic pets, feline medicine, anaesthesia and dentistry. There are several different routes to becoming a veterinary nurse, and BVNA can provide you advice on the career and studying, if you are interested in pursuing this career.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) represents RVNs and promotes responsible pet care to the general public through Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM). During VNAM you may see a display in your local practice, or an event in your town or village. Some practices even run special clinics. This is a chance for us to interact with our clients and the public, so don’t be shy. Ask about what your RVNs do, and their special interests. You may find they can help you with a pet problem you have been having. Also, RVNs usually have pets themselves, and love to talk about them just as you do!

Did you know we have 3 RVN’s at Parkside Veterinary Practice call us now on 0151 644 8918 to make an appointment.

History of the campaign

Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) was originally started by BVNA in 2005 as National VN Day and has since progressed into National VN Week, followed by a whole month campaign since 2012 to join us in spreading the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice and the provision of responsible pet care to the general public.

Each year we see a steady increase of veterinary practices and colleges throughout the UK getting involved promoting the role of the veterinary nurse organising events ranging from sponsored sky dives, sponsored walks, pet health checks in the park, open days at the practice, to name but a few!

To encourage veterinary nurses, students and practice staff to become involved BVNA will post out a FREE VNAM pack including a poster and other promotional items to everyone who registers their interest so they are at least able to make a display within their practice or college.

Every year we run a competition comprising of 3 categories with winner and runner-up prizes.

BVNA Council and Office Team also attend a number of external events to support the campaign and ask that if you haven't participated before then please join us! There's no time like the present!

Come and join us in celebrating our amazing profession!

Please follow the link below to our dedicated Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month Facebook page, like and share the page to keep updated with further information:




Veterinary nursing is a rewarding career that offers variety and daily contact with animals and their owners.

WHAT IS VETERINARY NURSING? Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons to provide a high standard of care for sick and injured animals. As a qualified RVN, you will be responsible for the welfare, comfort and recovery of animals that may have undergone trauma, surgery or are receiving treatment for medical conditions. You will be trained to a high level to enable you to work in all aspects of the veterinary practice environment from reception through to the operating theatre. After qualifying, nurses can work in a variety of practices from small independently owned or large group practices to universities, hospitals and referral centres. Veterinary nurses can also work with a wide variety of species, ranging from domestic pets and exotic species to horses and wildlife.

BECOMING A VETERINARY NURSE Veterinary nurse training is conducted through colleges or universities that offer qualifications approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and their linked veterinary training practices. You can find a full list of approved course providers and approved training practices on the RCVS website You can either undertake Vocational Training or a Higher Education course.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING This qualification has a core and two option pathways, one in small animal nursing and one in equine nursing. Level 3 Diplomas are offered on either a full-time basis or apprenticeship style alongside a job in veterinary practice. You need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above which MUST include Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject. (Alternative qualifications are sometimes considered.) Training is quite intensive and takes between two and three years. A large proportion of this time will be spent gaining clinical experience in a training practice, in which you will need to find employment. You will attend college on a part time or block release basis.


(Excerpt taken from the B.V.N.A. website)


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