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 and lay people - details of whom are provided below. The veterinary surgeons are drawn both from RCVS Council and appointments made by the VN Council.
Miss Elizabeth Branscombe RVN
Mrs Elizabeth Cox RVN - Vice-Chairman
Mrs Elizabeth Figg REVN
Mrs Andrea Jeffery RVN
Mrs Katherine Kissick RVN - Chairman
Miss Hilary Orpet RVN
Miss Amber Richards RVN
Mrs Amy Robinson RVN
Mrs Elizabeth Armitage-Chan MRCVS (non-RCVS Council)
Mrs Victoria Aspinall MRCVS (non-RCVS Council)
Mr Niall Connell MRCVS - Vice-Chairman
Col Neil Smith MRCVS
Mrs Alison Carr
Mr Dominic Dyer
Prof Sue Proctor
Mrs Penelope Swindlehurst
Annette Amato (T 020 7202 0713, E firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
- To establish and keep under review standards of proficiency for safe and effective veterinary nursing practice, including requirements for admission to the list of veterinary nurses and the training and examinations to be undertaken.
- To ensure compliance with the requirements of the relevant regulatory authorities relating to vocational qualifications in veterinary nursing.
- To establish and keep under review standards of good character and conduct required for listed veterinary nurses and 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 mentioned in Schedule 3 to the Veterinary Surgeons Act.
- To recommend to the Operational Board 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 Board.
- In exercising its functions, the Veterinary Nurses’ Council shall ensure that the welfare of animals and good veterinary practice are central to its work.