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Call for nominations to RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council

30 January 2008

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is calling for candidate nominations for its Veterinary Nurses Council, the body that deals with issues such as VN regulation, professional conduct and continuing professional development within the College.

VN Council includes elected veterinary nurses, lay people, RCVS Council members, a Lantra representative and veterinary surgeons.

“With the introduction of the non-statutory Register and recent developments in veterinary nursing training, the VN profession is going through an exciting period of change,” according to VN Council Chairman Andrea Jeffery. “We are looking for VN Council members with enthusiasm, vision and commitment to help take the profession to the next stage.”

There are two vacancies for elected veterinary nurses on Council, each to serve for a four-year period. Candidates must be Registered or Listed Veterinary Nurses and be supported by two proposers, also Registered or Listed VNs.

Candidates need to be prepared to spend at least six days per year on VN Council business - potentially more if they are co-opted onto other working parties and subcommittees - and be able to travel to meetings in London. Recompense for loss of earnings is offered to employers and travel expenses are paid.

Nomination packs are available from Annette Amato on 020 7202 0713 or and must be completed and returned by 29 February.

Election papers will be sent with the March issue of RCVS News and voting will close on 28 April. The newly-elected members will join VN Council at RCVS Day in July.

Veterinary Council members

In addition, there are two places available for veterinary surgeons who are not already RCVS Council members to join VN Council. These appointed veterinary surgeons bring valuable experience of VN employment and training issues to Council.

Veterinary surgeons who feel they could make a useful contribution to decision-making on Council should contact the Veterinary Nursing Department on 020 7202 0788 or


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