2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
What do our qualifications mean?
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeons must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in order to practice in
the UK and have the initials 'MRCVS' or 'FRCVS' (Fellow) after their names.
The title 'Veterinary Surgeon' is protected in law and only those registered with the RCVS can use the title.
All RCVS-registered Veterinary Surgeons have achieved an educational qualification that meets the RCVS registration
requirements. In addition, they agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons and
commit to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development (CPD).
Examples of university degrees that meet the RCVS standard registration requirements for Veterinary Surgeons are
BVSc, BVetMed, BVM&S, DVM, MvDr, VetMB.
Further learning & Skill Development
Veterinary Surgeons have the responsibility to ensure that they maintain and develop their knowledge and skills
relevant to their professional practice and competence. The recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over a rolling
three year period, with an average of 35 hours per year.
Most Veterinary Surgeons will have interests in certain fields, which means that they particularly enjoy a certain
aspect of the job, and therefore have greater skills in this area compared to the average Veterinary Surgeon.
At Animates we strongly value continuing education, not only to remain updated, but to obtain advanced
qualifications. This enables us to be excellent general practitioners with a higher level of expertise in our particular
areas of interest
Several Vets at Animates have special interests:
Recognised postgraduate Certificates (Equivalent of a Masters level of Qualification)
Sarah Pellet - Exotics
Rebecca Kuttel - Soft Tissue Surgery, Endoscopy, Acupuncture
Tom Von den Busch - Ultrasonography, Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiology
Katherine Wynn-Owen - Emergency & Critical Care, Ultrasonography
A limited number of Vets go on to study for recognised postgraduate certificates in their area of special interest. To
achieve a post graduate certificate requires further learning, study and exams in a particular field. Once Vets receive
their Certificate they can choose to apply to be recognised as an Advanced Practicitioner. This is the step before a
Diploma which is required to achieve RCVS Specialist status.
The following vets have certificates equivalent of a masters level:
Diploma (Required to achieve RCVS Specialist Status)
Sarah Pellet: Exotics MRCVS CertAVP (ZooMed)
Katherine Wynn-Owen: Emergency and Critical Care PGCertSAECC
A Diploma is the next level of qualification. To achieve a diploma requires submitting a thesis on new research,
publishing regularly and sitting an extensive set of examinations, both written and oral.
Once a Vet has achieved Diploma level they can be included in the RCVS list of recognised specialists if they can
demonstrate their active contribution to to their specialty, publish research nationally and internationally and be
available for referrals from other Veterinary colleagues.
Sarah Pellett is now a specialist in Exotics after receiving her diploma.
Registered Veterinary Nurses - RVN
The title 'Veterinary Nurse', and the letters 'RVN', can only be used by individuals who have successfully completed an
approved Veterinary Nurse training course and are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
All RCVS-registered veterinary nurses have achieved an educational qualification that meets the RCVS registration
requirements. In addition, they agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses and
commit to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development.
The following are registered veterinary nurses at Animates:
Registered Veterinary Nurses can go on to do the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. Very few nurses achieve
this. This involves further study and examinations.
Kirsty Smith - Advanced Diploma
Helle Dahl Pausgaard
Kirsty Smith achieved the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2014.
Student Veterinary Nurses
Student Veterinary Nurses are those enrolled with the RCVS for the purpose of training at an approved practice.
We currently have 5 Student Veterinary Nurses:
Kennel Assistants are members of staff who assist with providing animal care. They are not enrolled on a course to
obtain a qualification recognised by the RCVS. They may have, or may be undertaking, other animal care qualification
but can not be called any form of veterinary nurse.