Almost 700 veterinary nurses were removed from the Register of Veterinary Nurses at the beginning of this year as a result of not renewing their registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Some 692 veterinary nurses had their names removed from the Register on 1 January 2016, although 205 subsequently applied to have their name restored to the Register.
A number of communications were sent to registered veterinary nurses last year to remind them that their annual renewal was due – including via email, text, letter, in RCVS News and
Nicola South, Customer Experience Manager and Head of Registration at the RCVS, said: “Veterinary nurses must renew their registration by the end of every year because, if their name is removed from the Register, they will no longer be able to perform acts of minor surgery or medical treatment as defined under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act. Furthermore, the restoration fee is £51, this is in addition to the annual renewal fee of £61 for veterinary nurses, so it represents a significant extra cost.”
The RCVS recommends that practices carry out checks to ensure that veterinary nurses they employ are on the Register. A list of those who have been removed from the Register can be found at www.rcvs.org.uk/registration/about-the-vn-register/
Employers, veterinary nurses and others can also use the online Check the Register search tool which is updated daily.
Those who have been removed from the Register of Veterinary Nurses and who wish to apply to be restored can do so by contacting the RCVS Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or