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Veterinary Nurses Day

VN Day

About the event

We are delighted to be hosting the next Veterinary Nurses Day on Friday, 28 June at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, with two ceremonies taking place during the day.

The events will celebrate the achievements of those who have recently joined the RCVS Register, and those who have completed an advanced qualification in veterinary nursing.

VN Day programme 

Each ceremony provides a very enjoyable and interesting programme, as follows:

  • Refreshments on arrival
  • Welcome and introduction
  • VN professional declaration
  • Presentation of scroll and official photograph
  • Short address from both RCVS President and Chair of VN Council
  • Guest Speaker
  • Refreshments and close


Richard CaseyRichard Casey

Prior to joining the veterinary world in 2011 Richard’s career was focused on human resources and organisational development for a variety of household names. Today, he is Executive Director for the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and a Past President of Veterinary Management Group (VMG). He holds an Executive MBA, Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and is in the final year of researching his Doctorate in Business Administration, with a focus on strategic planning for veterinary associations. Richard believes anyone can achieve success in their careers regardless of their background, and that the key to this is courage and kindness.

Richard's talk is titled: Where you’re from need not dictate your future. 

Previous events

We hosted three events in 2023; on 4 February at the University of Oxford, on 16 June at Central Hall Westminster, and in December at The Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield. 

In 2022, Veterinary Nurses Day returned to being in person, with events being held in Manchester in July, and Oxford in August.

During the pandemic we held several online Veterinary Nurses Evening events, which can be accessed via the links below.

The virtual event in  October 2021 saw 85 newly registered VNs formally welcomed to RCVS Register. 

In May 2021, we saw over 150 newly registered VNs formally welcomed to the profession and celebrated the achievements of 12 RVNs who had completed their Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. Watch back the recording of the 6.30pm event and the 8:00pm event.

The November 2020 event is also available to watch back.

We do hope you enjoy watching the recordings. 


Please check the FAQs below for the answers to any queries.

If you need any further information, please contact the RCVS Events Team at [email protected].  

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Find out about Veterinary Nurses Day

  • We hold several Veterinary Nurses Days throughout the year, with two ceremonies taking place on each day.

    The next event will be held on the following date:

    • 28 June (Edinburgh) 


  • To make the event more accessible, we will be holding Veterinary Nurses Day different parts of the country, the next event will be held: 

    • 28 June - Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

    The venue is conveniently located close to various public transport links, and we would encourage you to use public transport to travel to the event where possible.

    For directions, please see the venue's website. 


  • Those eligible to attend and celebrate their achievements include:

    • Newly-registered VNs who have completed the Level 3 Diploma
    • VNs who have completed an advanced qualification in veterinary nursing
    • Those who have completed an overseas qualification and have now registered as a veterinary nurse in the UK


  • Guest tickets are strictly limited to two guests per RVN, this is owing to space limitations and high demand for places. To allow as many nurses as possible the chance to attend, only two guest tickets may be purchased with each veterinary nurse ticket.

    We kindly ask that you do not contact the College to request more guest tickets. 

    Please only register your attendance for your preferred ceremony, we regret that registrations for more than one ceremony and any more than two guest registrations per nurse will be removed.

    Please note that places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and that you and your guests’ attendance is not confirmed until you have registered on Eventbrite.

    If lots of places are still available closer to the ceremony, we will notify you by email that booking for third guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


  • VN Day is free for veterinary nurses to attend, and guest tickets are available at £15 each.

    Ticket costs include: 

    • Refreshments and nibbles before and after the ceremony.
    • A professional photographer will be taking photos throughout the day. You will be able to download your photos for free from the RCVS Flickr site a few weeks after the ceremony.
    • VNs will also receive their professional declaration in a scroll tube.
  • We ask that you and your guests attend the ceremony dressed as you feel most comfortable.

    As a guide, we recommend smart-casual. Alternatively, newly-registered VNs may wish to dress in their VN uniforms for the ceremony, however, please note that there will not be changing facilities at the venues. 

  • You will receive an email confirmation via Eventbrite when you have booked your ticket(s).

    You will receive a further confirmation email with the final details ahead of the event.

    Please do check your junk email folder and email us at [email protected] if you haven't received this.

  • If you or your guests are no longer able to attend, please email us [email protected].

    We will be able to refund 50% of the ticket cost if the refund is requested at least 2 weeks before the event.


  • For queries relating to the registration process contact [email protected] / 0207 202 0707.

    For queries relating to Veterinary Nurses Day contact [email protected] / 0207 202 0738.