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Information about our job roles and qualifications

Find out more about what is involved in our job roles and the qualifications we have achieved 

Veterinary Surgeons (Navy Blue Tunics)

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. They will have the initials ‘MRCVS’ or ‘FRCVS’ (Member or Fellow of the royal college of veterinary surgeons) 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 to ensure our staff remain up to date, and we also encourage obtaining 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: 

  • Sarah Pellet – Exotics
  • Jessica Regosz – Soft Tissue Surgery, Dermatology
  • Lucy Genziani – Neurology
  • Julie Vandekerckove – Exotics
  • Kath O’Boyle – Opthalmology
  • Rebecca Kuttel – Ophthalmology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Endoscopy, Acupuncture / pain management
  • Katherine Wynn-Owen – Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Ultrasonography
  • Tom Von den Busch – Ultrasonography, Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology

Recognised Postgraduate Certificates (Equivalent of a Masters level of Qualification) and RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner Status

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 by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner. Advanced Practitioner is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary practice. This is the step before a Diploma which is required to achieve RCVS Specialist status.

The following vets have certificates equivalent to a masters level:

  • Kath O’Boyle – Opthlmology – CertVOpthal

The following vets have certificates equivalent to a masters level and are RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioners:

  • Katherine Wynn-Owen: Emergency and Critical Care- BSAVA PGCertSAECC
  • Sarah Pellet: Exotics – CertAVP (ZooMed)

The following vets are currently working towards certificates:

  • Rebecca Kuttel: Ophthalmology – BSAVA
  • Katherine Wynn-Owen: Small Animal Medicine – BSAVA

Diploma and RCVS Recognised Specialist Status

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 their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in their field. An RCVS Specialist must also be available for referral by other veterinary colleagues.

The following vet has achieved a diploma and is included on the list of RCVS recognised specialists:

  • Sarah Pellet: Zoological and Wildlife medicine – DZM

Registered Veterinary Nurses - RVN (Hospital Blue Tunics)

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.

 

Like vets, Registered Veterinary Nurses can go on to do further qualifications including certificates and diplomas.

The following nurses have achieved further qualifications:

  • Kirsty Smith: Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. DipAVN (small animal) and a Degree in Clinical Veterinary Nursing BSc (Hons)
  • Sara Dench: Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Emergency and Critical Care: CertVNECC
  • Suzanne Reynold-Warnes: ISFM certificate in feline nursing
  • Amelia Hubbard: Advanced Programme Veterinary Nursing in Avian Species

Student Veterinary Nurses (Blue Striped Tunics)

Student Veterinary Nurses are those enrolled with the RCVS for the purpose of training at an approved practice. Animates is an approved training practice, and several of our registered nurses are qualified to be clinical coaches to help the student veterinary nurses in their training. Any clinical work a student veterinary nurse carries out is under the supervision of a registered veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon.

Veterinary Care Assistants (Pale Blue Tunics)

Veterinary Care 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 qualifications but cannot be called any form of veterinary nurse.

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