Registration for Vet Nurses in training

Registration for Vet Nurses in Training

There is a legal requirement for nurses and nurses in training to be registered with the Vet Surgeons Board in able to work in Veterinary Practice. A list of duties that are allowed to be performed by a trainee Vet Nurse under supervision is shown below.

It should be noted that people performing acts listed below are acting illegally if not registered with the board. For our students it means that you must register with the Veterinary Surgeons Board prior to attending a Veterinary Practice. We will assist you with this at the time of enrolment in your Veterinary Practice units.

For those wishing to register now you can download the application forms from the Veterinary surgeons board website (click here)



 

Duties and veterinary services that may be performed by trainee veterinary nurses

 

66. Duties and veterinary services that may be performed by trainee veterinary nurse    (s. 26(4)(b))

(1) The duties and veterinary services set out in regulation 65 (2), (3) and (4) are prescribed for the purposes of section 26(4)(b) of the Act as duties and veterinary services that may be performed by a trainee veterinary nurse.

(2) A trainee veterinary nurse may perform those duties and veterinary services only in the presence of, and under the immediate and direct personal supervision of, a registered veterinary surgeon.

(3) An authorisation issued under section 26(4)(b) of the Act to a trainee veterinary nurse-

(a) is valid for the period specified in it unless it is revoked by the Board before the expiration of that period; and

(b) may be renewed.

(4) An application for authorisation under section 26(4)(b) of the Act as a trainee veterinary nurse, or the renewal of such an authorisation, is to be-

(a) made in an approved form; and

(b) accompanied by such evidence with respect to the application as the Board may require; and

(c) accompanied by the fee set out in regulation 80.

Regulation 65 replaces Regulation 67 Duties and veterinary services that may be performed by veterinary nurses

(1) The duties and veterinary services set out in this regulation are prescribed for the purposes of sections 26(4)(b) and 26E(4) of the Act as duties and veterinary services that may be performed by a veterinary nurse.

(2) A veterinary nurse may, in the presence of, and under the immediate and direct personal supervision of, a registered veterinary surgeon, assist the surgeon to perform surgical procedures.

(3) The following duties and veterinary services may be performed by a veterinary nurse under the personal supervision of a registered veterinary surgeon

(a) dental prophylaxis, including simple extraction of teeth;

(b) superficial surgical procedures (such as suturing skin);

(c) taking images using x-rays, ultrasound, ECG or similar imaging techniques, in accordance with the Radiation Safety Act 1975 and any other relevant written law;

(d) taking samples for the purposes of pathology tests;

(e) setting up and supervising intravenous drips and transfusions;

(f) inserting and removing indwelling catheters for the administration of intravenous fluids;

(g) assisting with and monitoring the administration of anaesthetics;

(h) monitoring the recovery of animals from anaesthesia.

(4) The following duties and veterinary services may be performed by a veterinary nurse under the direction of a registered veterinary surgeon

(a) physically examining animals;

(b) giving general health advice in relation to weight loss, nutrition, parasite control and similar matters;

(c) isolating animals and carrying out barrier nursing;

(d) administering scheduled drugs;

(e) supplying to customers medication specified by the registered veterinary surgeon;

(f) dressing wounds and post-surgical care;

(g) supervising, caring for and nursing animals;

(h) performing clinical pathology tests.

Duties and veterinary services that may be  performed by veterinary nurses

Regulation 65 replaces Regulation 67 Duties and veterinary services that may be performed by veterinary nurses

(1) The duties and veterinary services set out in this regulation are prescribed for the purposes of sections 26(4)(b) and 26E(4) of the Act as duties and veterinary services that may be performed by a veterinary nurse.

(2) A veterinary nurse may, in the presence of, and under the immediate and direct personal supervision of, a registered veterinary surgeon, assist the surgeon to perform surgical procedures.

(3) The following duties and veterinary services may be performed by a veterinary nurse under the personal supervision of a registered veterinary surgeon

(a) dental prophylaxis, including simple extraction of teeth;

(b) superficial surgical procedures (such as suturing skin);

(c) taking images using x-rays, ultrasound, ECG or similar imaging techniques, in accordance with the Radiation Safety Act 1975 and any other relevant written law;

(d) taking samples for the purposes of pathology tests;

(e) setting up and supervising intravenous drips and transfusions;

(f) inserting and removing indwelling catheters for the administration of intravenous fluids;

(g) assisting with and monitoring the administration of anaesthetics;

(h) monitoring the recovery of animals from anaesthesia.

(4) The following duties and veterinary services may be performed by a veterinary nurse under the direction of a registered veterinary surgeon

(a) physically examining animals;

(b) giving general health advice in relation to weight loss, nutrition, parasite control and similar matters;

(c) isolating animals and carrying out barrier nursing;

(d) administering scheduled drugs;

(e) supplying to customers medication specified by the registered veterinary surgeon;

(f) dressing wounds and post-surgical care;

(g) supervising, caring for and nursing animals;

(h) performing clinical pathology tests.