Making sense of being a 'Registered' Veterinary Nurse online

Key Information

CPD Hours: 60 hours

Course Length: Nine weeks

Course Format: An intensive tutor-moderated online learning experience. Weekly online activities, reading materials, discussion forums and case studies will be provided to direct you through the learning materials

Course Outline

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This course last ran 29 Apr 2019, we may be releasing new dates soon, please contact us for further information.

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Course Information

Key Areas
  • Professionalism, features of a profession and veterinary nursing, statutory & voluntary regulation, comparisons with other para-professions
  • Classification of law, distinctions between criminal and civil cases
  • Criminal law: Acts of parliament and statutory instruments;
  • The Veterinary Surgeons Act & Animal protection legislation:
  • Animal Welfare Act, Protection of Animals Act, Abandonment of Animals Act, Dangerous Dogs Act
  • Civil law: negligence and contract, consent and duty of
  • Professional misconduct and RCVS disciplinary actions
  • Professional responsibilities: Whistle-blowing, Public Interest Disclosure Act, Autonomy and Accountability
  • Introduction to ethics and frameworks for problem-solving specific veterinary legal/ethical and professional conflict case-scenarios
About this course

Registered Veterinary Nurses are you confused about your legal and professional responsibilities? What does it mean to be a ‘professional’ veterinary nurse?

This online course will explore the role of the Registered Veterinary Nurse and provide you with a grounding in the legal, professional and ethical issues associated with contemporary veterinary nursing practice. You will develop an understanding of your professional and legal obligations and how the inter-relationship between professional elements can impact the delivery of your nursing care and daily decision making.

Why do this course?
The course will allow you to explore some common but challenging situations in clinical practice and develop the skills to support your conclusions and recommendations and be clear about your professional responsibility and accountability.


Madeleine Campbell, BVetMed MA (Oxon) MA (Keele) PhD DipECAR DipECAWBM (AWSEL) MRCVS
Lecturer in Human-Animal Interactions & Ethics
The Royal Veterinary College

Perdi Welsh, BSc DipAVN (Surg) CertEd RVN
Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing Course and Director for Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
The Royal Veterinary College