The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons launched a new badge for registered veterinary nurses at the British Veterinary Nursing Association Congress, which took place in Kettering, 7-9 October 2011.
This launch happened in the same year as the 50th anniversary of veterinary nurse training and it highlights the importance of registered veterinary nurses or RVNs. RVNs are qualified as their listed colleagues, but stand apart as they also agree to account for their professional practice and always update their knowledge and skills.
In 2007, the non-statutory RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses was introduced. Hence, RVNs comply with a code of professional conduct and commit to pursuing professional development. Moreover, they can be taken to task via a disciplinary system.
The new badge for registered veterinary nurses was based on the old version but comes with the word ‘registered’. The old badge was first introduced in 1984 and was a traditional antique silver and red-enamel badge. It was widely accepted by veterinary nurses.
According to the Chairman of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council, Liz Branscombe, there is no legislation which protects the veterinary nurses’ title and area of work. However, the Register has demonstrated a real devotion in promoting the status of veterinary nurses as professionals. Hence, this badge aims at making it easier for the veterinary team and clients to recognize who is professionally accountable.
The veterinary nurses who were qualified since 2003 automatically became registered veterinary nurses. The ones who qualified earlier could choose if they want to become registered. Nowadays, all registered veterinary nurses get a badge as soon as they become qualified. The RVNs’ badge features Saint Francis of Assisi surrounding by animals. Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron Saint of animals and expressed kindness, mercy, compassion, and love for all creation.
As soon as the veterinary nurse registration application has been processed, they receive their Certificate of Registration and their Veterinary Nurse Badge. Each registered veterinary nurse has to follow the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses. Hence, if there is ever an issue, such as serious professional misconduct, they will go through a disciplinary process, just like veterinary surgeons do.