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Over 50% of pet owners don’t know what vet nurses do

More than half of animal owners do not understand what registered veterinary nurses (VNs) do, according to nine in ten vets polled by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

BVA’s ‘Voice of the Veterinary Profession’ survey revealed the vital role VNs play in practice life, with vets rating the top two most important functions as monitoring animal-patients during anaesthesia  and the medical nursing of in-patients.

Sean Wensley president of the British Veterinary Association said:
“These survey results simply reflect what vets across the UK know already – that registered vet nurses’ skills and expertise, in areas including general anaesthesia monitoring and in-patient care, are linchpins of the clinical veterinary team.

“We’re urging animal owners everywhere to get behind the VN Title campaign and help recognise the expert services provided by registered VNs within the veterinary team, and their huge contribution to all of our animals’ health and welfare.”

Liz Cox, chair of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Veterinary Nurses Council, said:
“This survey underpins the need for all members of the practice team, including veterinary nurses themselves, to make sure that animal owners are aware of the skills and expertise they possess, the tasks they can perform and the training and responsibility that comes with being a registered veterinary nurse.

“The RCVS and the British Veterinary Nursing Association are currently undertaking the VN Futures project, an ambitious scheme to help the profession prepare for and shape its future, and how we can better promote the profession to the public is likely to be one of its key themes.”


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