• Graduating veterinary nurses from across the country are joined by key speaker Professor Alice Roberts and CQ representatives

    credit: Central Qualifications

Our specialist Centre of Veterinary Nursing has celebrated a significant milestone with the graduation of its first cohort of veterinary nurses.

Industry interest in our Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, offered to those already in employment as career progression, is growing steadily and our specialist staff now work in partnership with over 60 practices across the region.

The course is regulated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and awarded by Central Qualifications (CQ). Our Centre of Veterinary Nursing was set up four years ago and is already recording a very high level of academic success, with the first cohort reaching a pass rate of 83% and a total of 73 students currently registered.

Students who have completed the required number of hours in training and have also been successful in their external written, practical examination and electronic portfolio (Central Skills Log), can add the title DipVN to their name and register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

Our successful students were invited along with other graduands nationwide to a prestigious ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, organised by Central Qualifications. Key speaker was Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, biological anthropologist, author and broadcaster.

The ceremony was attended by Lisa Gee, Head of Centre of Veterinary Nursing, and Elaine Lamb, Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Course Manager.

As well as proudly watching the nurses graduate and receive their Diploma in Veterinary Nursing badges and certificates, both Lisa and Elaine were presented with Certificates of Recognition after being nominated for a Central Qualifications Veterinary Nursing Educator Award. Course Manager Laura Daniels was also awarded a certificate. These awards recognise individuals who make a significant contribution to the education and training of veterinary nurses.

Said Lisa: “This was a significant day for the centre. We are delighted with the success of our students and really proud to have been recognised ourselves for our own contribution as educators.”

Lisa and Elaine with graduating nurse Gemma Hall of County Vets, Alsager. Gemma has progressed with us through her Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management, Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants, and Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.