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Under the new governance arrangements the new smaller Council meets more frequently (likely six, but up to eight, times per year).

In 2021, Council meetings are scheduled in January, March, June, July (RCVS Day), September and November. Committee meetings are four times per year in February, May, September, and November.

Subcommittees and working parties meet on a more ad hoc basis, and it is sometimes possible to join by conference call/video conference.

02.

VN Council meetings are generally held in February, May, September and November. RCVS Day is generally the first or second Friday of July.

Subcommittees and working parties meet on a more ad hoc basis.

03.

We certainly try to be, both for staff and Council members. Council and Committee meetings are planned at least a year in advance, although additional meetings may be added at shorter notice and, generally, there are fewer meetings during the holiday periods, because we follow an academic calendar.  We also have baby-changing facilities on the premises.

04.

We certainly try to be, both for staff and Council members. Council and Committee meetings are planned at least a year in advance, although additional meetings may be added at shorter notice. Generally, there are fewer meetings during the holiday periods because we follow an academic calendar. We also have baby-changing facilities on the premises.

05.

During the first peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, there was concern that the objectively structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) could not be delivered in a Covid-safe way. In order to ensure student veterinary nurses were able to be assessed effectively and safely, the RCVS Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council approved an alternative assessment method for awarding organisations and universities to utilise.

The alternative to OSCEs, called the Patient-based Assessment, involves building up a small portfolio of case reports and supporting evidence to prove how those who use this assessment method meet Day One Competencies and Skills. Once this has been signed-off and submitted, students using this assessment method will undertake a detailed and structured discussion about their involvement with the cases they have described. The outcome of the discussion will determine whether students can be awarded their licence to practise qualification and subsequently apply to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.

This alternative assessment method was initially available whilst Ofqual had implemented the Extra-ordinary Regulatory Framework (ERF) for assessments which were due to place between March and July 2020. However, as the UK has continued to see further peaks in infection rates, Ofqual has extended the ERF to cover academic year 2020/21, allowing alternative assessments to be utilised if required. Whilst it is anticipated that universities and awarding organisation will utilise a Covid-safe OSCE methodology, this may not be feasible in all situations and educational providers are reminded that the Patient-based Assessment is available for use.

The handbook including detailed information about the criteria and process for the Patient-based Assessment has been published on our website and we would recommend all student veterinary nurses read it to gain a clear understanding of how the assessment method will work.

The RCVS veterinary Nursing Department can be contacted on VNPBA@rcvs.org.uk.

Read the news release. 

NB We have also published advice about clinical placements - please read FAQ 9

Last reviewed: 20 April 2021

06.

VN Council members are not paid directly for the work they do. However, employers can claim a loss of earnings allowance on your behalf (and, if you are self-employed, you can do this). The rate is currently set at £155 per day, but this is currently under review.

Days spent on specific College business can be claimed for – eg meetings – but not time spent on emails or preparation for a meeting.

07.

Council members are not paid directly for the work they do. However, employers can claim a loss of earnings allowance on your behalf (and, if you are self-employed, you can do this). The rate is set at £310 per day, but this is currently under review.

Days spent on specific College business can be claimed for, eg meetings, but not time spent on emails, preparation for a meeting, or reading time.

08.

We recognise that remote approval and quality monitoring activities will reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission to college staff, training practice staff, students and the public.

Utilisation of desk-based activities and video-conferencing technology should be considered during this unique time.

Where remote centre or training practice approval has taken place, we would expect a follow-up visit in person once the coronavirus outbreak is under control, in line with the prevailing government advice.

Contact the VN team:  vetnursing@rcvs.org.uk / 020 7202 0788

NB This guidance was first published on 27 March and reviewed on 2 June. The situation will be reviewed again in 8 weeks' time.

Last updated: 14 December 2020

09.

Yes, reasonable expenses are covered, including an overnight stay in London, if that is required.

10.

Yes, reasonable expenses are covered, including an overnight stay in London if that is required.

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