Veterinary Nurses Day

We host 2 admission ceremonies 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

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out about the day...

  • Veterinary Nurses Day is held twice a year - the next dates are:

    • 17 October 2019
    • 12 May 2020
    • 13 May 2020

    Please register your interest in attending this event when you go through the online registration process.

    Details of how to book tickets will then be sent to VNs who have registered their interest about 3 months before the event. VNs will need to register themselves and their guests through Eventbrite.

  • On the day of the event we hold 2 ceremonies; the first begins at 11.30am 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Due to space limitations, we can only guarantee 2 guest tickets per VN.

    As there is usually a high demand for places, we will offer any spare tickets to VNs on the waiting list, rather than extra guests.

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

    Ticket costs include:

    • Free access to the Zoo (the on-gate price for visiting the ZSL is £31.50 per person at peak times).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.