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Veterinary Nurses Evening


We are delighted to be holding a virtual Veterinary Nurses evening on Thursday, 12 November from 7.30pm. 

During the evening, over 70 newly registered VNs will be formally welcomed to the register and we will recognise the achievements of several nurses who have completed their Advanced Diploma. Please see below for the full programme. 

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

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    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.

Alternatively, you can access the event directly on the Vimeo website.


  • 7:30pm Welcome and Introduction - Mandisa Green MRCVS, RCVS President
  • Address from VN Chair - Matthew Rendle RVN
  • Veterinary Nurse Declaration and formal admissions to the register
  • Presentation of Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diplomas
  • Presentation of long service achievement
  • President's Address 
  • Guest talk from Jane Devaney RVN REVN - ‘From graduation to Golden Jubilee: how a veterinary nursing career can lead to great things’ 
  • VN Futures – where are we now? - Julie Dugmore, RCVS Director of Veterinary Nursing 
  • Guest talk from Hayley Walters RVN - ‘From Bosnia to Vietnam: where a veterinary nursing career can take you’
  • Approximately 8:40pm Closing remarks 

Guest speakers 

Jane Devaney RVN REVN

Jane DevaneyJane is Head Nurse at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool and has led the now eight-strong nursing team for
over 19 years. Not only does she ensure the day-to-day running of a world renowned equine hospital and that it continues to evolve in the services it offers, but she was also part of the veterinary support team for the London 2012 Olympics, a proud moment of her life.

Jane has been an outstanding teacher of veterinary students at the Equine Hospital for 19 years, and her contributions to the training of veterinary students include helping to prepare them for their future practice jobs and teaching equine vets to the highest standard of care and skill possible.

Jane has also worked hard to make veterinary nursing a specialism equal to any other branch of equine veterinary practice and has helped cement the incredible value of veterinary nurses as part of the veterinary team. Her dedication to the veterinary nursing profession is an inspiration for nurses who have had the pleasure of working with or meeting her.

Hayley Walters RVN

Hayley Walters Hayley received the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Golden Jubilee Award in July 2014 in recognition of both her international work and her teaching and clinical work at the University of Edinburgh Hospital for Small Animals and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education. 

Hayley has volunteered in various countries with welfare crises, including China, nursing rescued bears back to health after they had been freed from bile farms. Hayley also provided veterinary nursing support to the Dogs Trust in Bosnia, educating on welfare-friendly implementation of neutering schemes. 

She is also a key member of the anaesthesia team at Easter Bush, using distraction and reward techniques to minimise stress during preparation for anaesthesia. 

Julie Dugmore RVN 

The RCVS Director of Veterinary Nursing, Julie Dugmore, 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. 

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

If you need any further information, please contact the RCVS Events Team on 020 7202 0738 /  


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Veterinary Nurses Day - virtual event

  • Very sadly, due to the ongoing pandemic and Government guidelines around social distancing, we have had to revise 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 come to the difficult decision to cancel the October event at London Zoo and have moved the event online, scheduled to be held in November 2020.

  • Yes, the VN Day celebration will be streamed live and viewable from this page. The evening will be recorded and made 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

    Further details about the virtual event including the link to join, will be sent to you in October, 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 place at London Zoo.

  • 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.