September 26, 2023


The Pet Expert

Areas of ‘deep concern’ for BVNA as Defend the Title survey outcomes revealed

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Practically three-quarters of execs imagine authorized safety of the veterinary nurse title may assist to maintain employees within the career, newly revealed BVNA evaluation suggests.

Senior figures within the sector have welcomed the preliminary findings of the survey, which confirmed overwhelming assist for legislative reform.

However the organisation has additionally admitted “deep concern” after almost half {of professional} respondents stated they knew folks working as a VN with out being RCVS-registered.

Preliminary findings

The BVNA has launched preliminary findings from surveys performed in assist of its “Defend the Title” marketing campaign, which attracted responses from greater than 8,000 professionals and almost 4,000 members of the general public.

Amongst professionals, 95% of respondents strongly agreed that the VN title needs to be legally protected, with 75% saying it will make a big distinction to the career.

The same proportion – 74.8% – additionally both agreed or strongly agreed that formal safety would influence on employees retention.

Feeling valued

BVNA officers imagine statutory safety of the title would assist VNs to really feel extra valued and revered of their jobs, contributing in the direction of retention and the outcomes point out a broader relationship between the 2.

Its president, Charlotte Tempo, described the response to the marketing campaign and survey as “improbable”.

She stated: “This exhibits that there’s a lot of curiosity and assist for legislative change from each the veterinary career and the general public.

“We’ll proceed to push for the best high quality nursing, with full accountability.”


Most (71.4%) of the skilled responses had been from people who find themselves both registered or scholar VNs, with 14.2% being submitted by vets, and the rest cut up between receptionists, apply managers, care assistants and others.

The BVNA now plans to submit additional evaluation of the survey’s findings to Defra within the coming months, with the total outcomes being made obtainable at its annual congress in Telford in October.

Nevertheless, it has additionally admitted it was stunned that 48% of execs stated they knew somebody working in apply who was described by both themselves or others as a VN with out them being registered with the RCVS.

The group described it as “an space of deep concern”, additional highlighted by 92% of public respondents stating it was essential their pet was sorted by an RVN, and 91% saying they assumed the title meant the individual utilizing it was absolutely certified and controlled by an expert physique.

Greater than three-quarters – 76% – additionally didn’t know the VN title shouldn’t be protected legally.

Work with

The BVNA stated it needs to work with different our bodies, such because the BVA and the RCVS, on additional analysis, in addition to holding talks with the faculty on how issues about lay folks utilizing the VN title is perhaps addressed.

It additionally plans to difficulty up to date steering on making a “constructive dialogue” across the topic.

Senior vice-president Alex Taylor added: “The response and outcomes of this survey simply spotlight how vital safety of the title ‘veterinary nurse’ is – not simply to the veterinary nursing career, however to different veterinary professionals and the general public, who would assume that somebody who calls themselves a veterinary nurse is absolutely skilled and correctly regulated.

“The BVNA want to thank each single one that stuffed on this survey; you actually have made a distinction.”

Maintain backing

BVA president Malcolm Morley stated his organisation would sustain its backing of the Defend the Title marketing campaign following the survey.

He stated: “Extremely expert veterinary nurses are invaluable members of ‘group vet’. Due to this fact, it’s essential that the title of veterinary nurse, solely achieved following years of devoted studying and growth, is given the hard-earned respect it deserves by means of safety.

“The sturdy response to the BVNA’s survey on the difficulty exhibits the worth the career and the general public place on top quality nursing by certified and controlled professionals.”


The RCVS additionally endorsed the findings, which comes eight years after it led a petition signed by greater than 36,000 folks calling for cover of the VN title.

A spokesperson stated: “Gaining statutory safety for the veterinary nurse title is without doubt one of the essential suggestions we’ve made for any future piece of major veterinary laws, and we imagine that this modification, mixed with different suggestions, will assist improve the function of veterinary nurses going ahead.

“We thank the BVNA for launching this survey, and for getting such numerous members of the professions and the general public to reply.”

  • For extra in-depth insights on this topic, hold your eyes peeled for our Blissful Hour 15: Defend the Title podcast with BVNA president Charlotte Tempo, Linnaeus chief nursing officer Andrea Jeffery and RCVS VN council chairperson Matt Rendle.
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