Veterinary Nurses Day

We several VN Days each year, at which newly-registered veterinary nurses, and RVNs who have completed an Advanced Diploma, are invited to attend to celebrate their accomplishment with their friends and family.

Veterinary nurses at VN Day

COVID-19 update: in line with government advice on social distancing, we have reviewed the VN Days due to take place on 12 and 13 May 2020, and have made the difficult decision to postpone them until October 2020.

The next Veterinary Nurses Day events will be held on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 and Wednesday, 21 October 2020.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact the RCVS Events Team on 020 7202 0773 /

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about this event.

To hear more about VN Day from those who have been, take a look at this short video.


Please note that photography and filming might take place on the day and may be used for promotional purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out about the day...

  • COVID-19 update: in line with government advice on social distancing, we have reviewed the VN Days due to take place on 12 and 13 May 2020, and have made the difficult decision to postpone them until October 2020. 

    The next Veterinary Nurses Day events will be held on:

    • Tuesday, 20 October 2020
    • Wednesday, 21 October 2020

    We have contacted those who had registered for the May event, and given them the option to transfer their place across to October. 


  • On the day of the event we hold 2 ceremonies; the first begins at 10.30am and the second at 2.30pm.

    You will be able to select the ceremony time you wish to attend on Eventbrite. Time slots will be offered on a first come first served basis.

  • May 2020

    The event takes place at Prince Albert Suite at London Zoo, Regent's Park, NW1 4RY.

    The closest tube station is Camden Town on the Northern Line. Walk south-east from the station on Camden High Street, turn right onto Parkway, then right onto Prince Albert Road. It is the first left and turn right onto Outer Circle.

    Access to the event is through the Prince Albert Gate, 150m east of the main zoo entrance.

    More directions are available on the ZSL website.

    Venue accessibility

    There are several steps leading down to the entrance of the Prince Albert Suite and up to the room itself. There is lift access up to the room, which RCVS staff can direct guests to.

    If you or your guests require an accessible entrance or use of a wheelchair, please provide as much information as you can when registering for the event, so that your needs can be met.

    Autumn 2020

    Venue is to be confirmed.

  • 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 Diploma
    • VNs who have been part of the VN profession for a significant period of time are invited to collect their lifetime achievement award
  • Each RVN collecting their scroll can bring up to two guests with them. 

    To ensure we can accommodate as many VNs and their guests as possible, 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.

    When all tickets for each ceremony have been allocated, we will open individual waiting lists in case any tickets are subsequently released. We will give priority to new registrations, rather than requests for additional guests on existing registrations.

    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.

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

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

    Ticket costs include:

    • Free access to the Zoo 
    • 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 uniforms for the ceremony.

  • You and your guests are welcome to arrive 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony for refreshments.

    • At the start, the Chair of VN Council will address the assembly and lead the newly-registered veterinary nurses through their professional declaration.
    • Following this, there is the presentation of a declaration scroll to each VN and the RCVS President's address.
    • There is then a speech by a guest speaker.
    • After the formal proceedings, there are drinks and nibbles, and an opportunity for you to have individual/family group photos taken.
  • 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 closer to the event.

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

  • Yes - you and any (registered) guests attending the ceremony, can explore the grounds of the Zoo as part of the day. This will be either before or after the ceremony (depending on the time of your ceremony).

    Any family and friends joining you for the day, who are not attending the ceremony, will need to use the main entrance and pay to access the Zoo.

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

    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 / 0207 202 0707.

    For queries relating to Veterinary Nurses Day contact / 0207 202 0738.