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Future of vet nursing discussed at BSAVA Congress

The future of the veterinary nursing profession will be high on the agenda at the upcoming British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Congress next month with a whole stream of events related to the VN Futures project.

VN Futures, a joint project between the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), was formed at the beginning of the 2016 to help the veterinary nursing profession prepare for and plan its future, in parallel with the Vet Futures project.

The VN Futures Report and Action Plan was published in July 2016 and, since then, a number of working groups have been formed to bring its 31 actions into fruition.

The veterinary nurses leading some of these groups will be presenting at a dedicated VN Futures-related stream in Hall 6 on the afternoon of Thursday 5 April.

Liz Cox, chair of the VN Futures Action Group, said: “Since the launch of the VN Futures Report and Action Plan in 2016 there has been a lot of great work going on somewhat under the radar and so we are really excited to be presenting the results of the activities being carried out by the working groups to a wider audience of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.

“At a time where there is an increasing number of veterinary nurses entering the profession yet potential workforce shortages amongst veterinary surgeons, now is a really crucial time to be discussing the veterinary nursing profession and for its members to take the reins and help guide its future.

“Therefore we would be very interested to hear the thoughts of both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses on what the VN Futures project is currently doing and would encourage them to attend and join the debate.”

Further information about the VN Futures project can be found at: www.vetfutures.org.uk/vnfutures

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