Terms of Reference
The RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council was established in 2002 and replaced the Veterinary Nurses Committee.
It has overall responsibility for all matters concerning veterinary nurse training, post-qualification awards and the registration (listing) of qualified veterinary nurses. (View full terms of reference)
The VN Council comprises veterinary nurses, veterinary surgeons, lay people and industry group representatives - details of whom are provided below. The veterinary surgeons are drawn both from RCVS Council and appointments made by the VN Council.
Elizabeth Branscombe RVN - Vice-Chairman
Elizabeth Cox RVN
Elizabeth Figg REVN
Louise Glysen RVN
Andrea Jeffery RVN
Katherine Kissick RVN - Chairman
Suzanne May RVN
Hilary Orpet RVN
Elizabeth Armitage-Chan MRCVS (non-RCVS Council)
Victoria Aspinall MRCVS (non-RCVS Council)
Richard Hooker MRCVS (non-RCVS Council)
Christopher House MRCVS (Lantra Industry Group (Veterinary Activities Industry Group))
Jill Nute MRCVS
Neil Smith MRCVS
Bradley Viner MRCVS
Tony Birbeck MBE
Annette Amato (T 020 7202 0713, E email@example.com)
Meeting dates and papers
View the VN Council meetings page for meeting dates and links to VN Council agendas and papers.
VN Council membership of other Committees and Sub-committees
Members of VN Council also sit on a number of other RCVS Committees and Sub-committees.
- To maintain the list of veterinary nurses referred to in Schedule 3 to the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966).
- To establish and keep under review standards of proficiency for safe and effective veterinary nursing practice, including requirements for admission to the list referred to in 1). and the training and examinations to be undertaken.
- To ensure compliance with the requirements of the SQA and QCA (or their successor bodies) relating to S/NVQ awards in veterinary nursing.
- To establish and keep under review standards of good character and conduct required for listed veterinary nurses and to develop a voluntary system of regulation.
- To establish and keep under review schemes for post-qualification training and continuing professional development for veterinary nurses, and the outcomes to be achieved, with a view to recording an additional entry in the list referred to in 1).
- To recommend to the Planning and Resources Committee a budget and levels of fees to be charged for awarding body functions, qualification, listing and post qualification diplomas.
- To recommend to the Council amendments to the Veterinary Nursing Bye-Laws and Advanced Veterinary Nursing Bye-Laws.
- To oversee the work of the Awarding Body Management Group, which will be responsible for the detailed administration of the Veterinary Nurse Training Scheme.
- In exercising its functions, the Veterinary Nurses’ Council shall ensure that the welfare of animals and good veterinary practice are central to its work.