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Veterinary Nurses Evening

You can watch the event from 21 October here: 

About the event

We were delighted to host another Veterinary Nurses Evening on 21 October, which saw newly-registered veterinary nurses formally welcomed to the profession and celebrate the achievements of RVNs who have completed their Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

This online event took place during the special 'Diamond Jubilee' year of the veterinary nursing profession, with it being 60 years since the launch of the first RCVS-approved Animal Nursing Auxiliary (RANA) training scheme. 

The event is now available to watch back on this webpage. 

Ensure your browser is up to date to watch the event 

Desktop OS and Browser

We recommend using the following browsers and versions on Windows 7 or later or macOS Sierra (10.12.6) or later:

  • Chrome 30+ (has automatic updates)
  • Firefox 27+ (has automatic updates)
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari 9+ 

    If you are able to see the video holding image at the top of this page, then you should be able to view the event live.

VN Evening programme 

7:00pm Welcome and opening remarks from Belinda Andrews-Jones RVN, Vice-Chair of VN Council

  • Veterinary Nurse Declaration and formal admissions to the register
  • Announcement of those who have completed the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing 
  • President's Address, Dr Kate Richards MRCVS
  • VN Futures update, Jill MacDonald, VN Futures Project Co-ordinator 
  • Update on the RCVS Diamond Jubilee year activity
  • Keynote speaker: Matthew Rendle RVN, Chair of VN Council, with a talk titled ‘My life in veterinary nursing: turning challenges into opportunities’.
  • Approximately 8:20pm Closing remarks 


Matthew Rendle RVN  

matthew rendleWe are very pleased to be welcoming our very own Chair of VN Council, Matthew Rendle RVN as our keynote speaker for the evening. 

Matthew will be talking about some of the highs and lows he has encountered in his 30 years of veterinary nursing, including his work in exotics practice in the UK, his conservation work and teaching overseas, in his talk titled: ‘My life in veterinary nursing: turning challenges into opportunities’.


Time-permitting, Matthew should also be able to take some of your questions at the end of his talk.

Questions can be submitted in the following ways:

1.      By email, to

2.      Via twitter, using the hashtag #VNevening

By all means send your questions during the talk, and we will do our best to ask as many as we can at the end.


Jill Macdonald RVN 

VN Futures Project Co-ordinator, Jill Macdonald, will be speaking to attendees about the VN Futures initiative, a project lead jointly by the RCVS and BVNA. There will be information on the next phase of the project and any opportunities to get involved. 

You can find more information about the initiative on the dedicated VN Futures website. 

Previous events

On 27 May, across two events, we saw over 150 newly registered veterinary nurses formally welcomed to the profession and celebrated the achievements of 12 RVNs who had completed their Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. 

We do hope you enjoy watching the recordings. 

Recording of 6:30pm event held in May:

Recording of 8:00pm event held in May:

We held the first virtual Veterinary Nurses evening on Thursday, 12 November 2020.

Speaking at the event was Hayley Walters RVN, with her talk titled: ‘From Bosnia to Vietnam: where a veterinary nursing career can take you’, and Jane Devaney RVN REVN, with a talk titled: ‘From graduation to Golden Jubilee: how a veterinary nursing career can lead to great things’. 

Watch back the November 2020 virtual event here. 

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Veterinary Nurses Day - virtual event

  • Very sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic, we have revised our plans for all our ceremonial events this year, including Veterinary Nurses Day.

    In order to reduce the risk to you, your guests and the public, we have moved the event online, with the next event scheduled to be held on the evening of 21 October 2021.

  • Yes, the VN Evening celebrations will be streamed live and viewable from this page, starting at 7:00pm on 21 October. The events will also be available to watch after the event has taken place.  

    Ensure your browser is up to date (Desktop OS and Browser)

    We recommend using the following browsers and versions on Windows 7 or later or macOS Sierra (10.12.6) or later: 

    • Chrome 30+ (has automatic updates) 
    • Firefox 27+ (has automatic updates) 
    • Internet Explorer 11 
    • Microsoft Edge 
    • Safari 9+  

    Alternatively, the event can be accessed directly on the Vimeo website (details to follow shortly). 

  • We are asking all VNs attending the virtual event to provide us with a head and shoulders photograph of themselves when registering their attendance, but this is not mandatory.

    For those who still wish to submit a photograph, further instructions can be obtained by contacting the Events Team at

    If supplied, the photograph will be displayed on screen as part of the ceremony, when your name is announced.

    By submitting your photo, you consent for it to be used by the RCVS along with your name (as supplied) as part of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Day online celebration, and related publicity.

    These images may appear on our website, social media channels and email newsletters, in our printed materials produced for promotional purposes including leaflets, posters and adverts and in materials sent out to the media and other veterinary organisations. We will not include personal email or postal addresses, or telephone or fax numbers on our website or in printed publications.

    Please note that websites can be seen throughout the world and not just in the United Kingdom, where UK law applies.

  • The event will be held on the online platform Vimeo.

    If you have registered to attend, further details about the virtual event including the link to join, will be sent to you by email ahead of the event.

  • Yes, the recording will be available to watch after the event.

  • This virtual event is replacing the normal ceremony based at London Zoo. Unfortunately, as we do not know when the pandemic restrictions will be lifted, we will not be able to offer you a place at any future events that may take in person.

  • Although it would be nice if you are able to join us live so we can celebrate your achievements with you, the evening celebration will be recorded and available to watch on demand after the event from this page.