692 veterinary nurses removed from Register for not renewing their registration

28 January 2016

Almost 700 veterinary nurses were removed from the Register of Veterinary Nurses at the beginning of this year as a result of not renewing their registration.

Some 692 veterinary nurses had their names removed from the Register on 1 January 2016, although 205 subsequently applied to have their name restored to the Register.

A number of communications were sent to registered veterinary nurses last year to remind them that their annual renewal was due – including via email, text, letter, in RCVS News and through the veterinary press.

Nicola South, our Customer Experience Manager and Head of Registration, said: “Veterinary nurses must renew their registration by the end of every year because, if their name is removed from the Register, they will no longer be able to perform acts of minor surgery or medical treatment as defined under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

"Furthermore, the restoration fee is £51, this is in addition to the annual renewal fee of £61 for veterinary nurses, so it represents a significant extra cost.”

We recommend that practices check a list of those who have been removed from the Register to ensure that veterinary nurses they employ are still registered.

Employers, veterinary nurses and others can also use the online Check the Register search tool which is updated daily.

Those who have been removed from the Register of Veterinary Nurses and who wish to apply to be restored can do so by contacting our Registration Department on 020 7202 0707 or registration@rcvs.org.uk