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Veterinary nursing
Where are all the vet nurses?

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THE disparity between demand and supply of veterinary nurses needs to be more clearly understood to address shortages in UK practices.

Concern has prompted professional bodies to call for a comprehensive workforce review of the veterinary nursing profession to assess need for VNs now and in the future.

Numbers of registered VNs appear to show a healthy supply with 14,673 on the RCVS database – up from 10,097 in 2012, representing a 45 per cent rise. With 5408 practices in the UK, that is almost three nurses for every practice.

However, the RCVS register has no breakdown of the numbers working in practice compared with industry or education. As the number of practices increases the demand for nurses does too.

RCVS figures show that 1209 …

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