New VN examiner course date announced

10 January 2007

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is offering a new enrolment opportunity for its Veterinary Nurse Examiner Certificate training course.

The course aims to prepare experienced assessors and internal verifiers to objectively assess clinical skills using the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) system.

The course comprises a home-study pack and three full days' training. The first day, to be held at the RCVS in London, will be on 5 March. Trainees will then spend a day in a VN college to gain practical experience, followed by a final day of assessment.

With a limit of just 12 delegates, places are likely to fill up quickly, so anyone interested in becoming an RCVS VN Examiner should contact the VN department for an application pack as soon as possible: or 0207 202 0788.

"Previous courses have included a mix of both veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons," says Julie Dugmore, VN Quality Assurance Manager at the RCVS. "We are looking for anyone who is currently playing an active role in VN training but are particularly keen to hear from those with an equine background, as there is a real need for equine VN examiners."

Once qualified, certificateholders will be able to examine for the RCVS external practical examinations. The course also provides valuable training in objective observation and assessment, and would prove useful in terms of continuing professional development for anyone actively involved in practical assessments, whether of veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse students.

The course is open to assessors and internal verifiers and those with an active involvement in veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon training.  VNs should have a minimum of four years' post-qualification experience. The course costs £295, £250 of which is refundable as soon as the certificate-holder has taken part in two full weeks of RCVS external examinations.