What does VN Futures aim to achieve?

The work of the Action Group was to identify the key ambitions of the projects’ work and where we want to be heading as a profession, and the actions we may need to take to get there.

You can view the key ambitions and aims below.

Creating a sustainable workforce


1. Improve careers materials for schools


2. Encourage more males into the profession via targeted marketing of the demographic


3. Develop VN Careers Ambassadors


4. Review the syllabus (species focused/level/guided learning hours/evidence base)


5. Increase the number of training practices


6. Develop a VN Schools Council


Structured and rewarding career paths


7. Establish a working party through the RCVS to further canvas opinion on the scope, level and delivery of post-qualification awards for veterinary nurses


8. Develop advanced practitioner qualifications and/or status


9. Encourage maximising individual nurses’ strengths; provide progression for all


10. Develop lifelong learning in leadership; mentoring and targeted leadership programmes


11. Actively promote performance review and evaluation across the profession


12. Explore ways to develop the next generation of veterinary nurse leaders; identify and nurture talent, providing the skills and opportunities to succeed


Confident, resilient, healthy and well-supported workforce


13. Deliver a coordinated, well-funded and evidenced-based approach to mental health and wellbeing for the veterinary team


14. Review the approach to recruiting and selecting veterinary nurse students to ensure adequate support, improve wellbeing and manage expectations


15. Develop peer support and/or mentoring mechanisms in all UK veterinary nursing schools and improve support for veterinary nurses post-registration


16. Develop support for overseas-graduated veterinary nurses working in the UK, who may not have benefitted from the same support as UK student nurses


17. Help veterinary professionals to work with uncertainties, and develop reflective practice


Proactive role in One Health


18. Develop links with human-centred nurses in practice, to establish the potential benefits to each profession, share resources and work collaboratively on pilot projects under the One Health umbrella


19. Explore the development of a cross-profession committee and the organisation of regional One Health events and research partnerships


20. Through the use of shared resources, work to empower veterinary nurses to become more involved with, and lead on, public health campaigns


21. Develop an evidence-based resource for veterinary nurses


Maximising nurses’ potential


22. Explore utilisation of a social media and television campaign to promote the role of the veterinary nurse, focusing on the training and development undertaken


23. Provide material for practices to use on their websites and elsewhere to promote veterinary nurses within their practice


24. Research and develop the district nurse role


25. Encourage charging for nurse time and skills by providing case studies/models to demonstrate increased practice revenue


26. Encourage flexible working


27. Establish inter-professional education and training for veterinary students and veterinary nurses along with inter-professional CPD


28. Provide opportunities for overseas veterinary nurses and vets registering with the RCVS to be educated on the role and responsibilities of veterinary nurses in the UK


A clarified and bolstered VN role via a reformed Schedule 3


29. Establish a formal Working Party that will review the evidence assembled by the VN Futures project, and consider possible reforms to Schedule 3 and related guidance


30. The Working Party may also consider proposals to separate the delegation rights of VNs from those of farmers


31. The Working Party will aim to report its recommendations to RCVS Council by March 2017