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Veterinary Nurse Patient-Based Assessment

Following their decision in March to suspend OSCEs for three months, the RCVS Veterinary Nurses (VN) Council has approved an alternative assessment method for awarding organisations and universities who are unable to provide objectively-structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) under social distancing guidelines. 

The alternative to OSCEs, called a 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 may not be relevant to all, as some awarding organisations and universities have since developed methods of safely holding their OSCEs within social distancing guidelines. 

Further information and student documents on the Veterinary Nurse Patient-based Assessment (VN-PBA) are available through the links below. Students requiring a submission document should contact the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Department on the email address below:

The RCVS Veterinary Nursing Department can be contacted on