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Prescribed Duties

Veterinary Nurses Duties

NOTE: Only persons approved or authorised by the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board may perform the duties of veterinary nurses or trainee veterinary nurses.

Regulation 65 of the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 1979 sets out the 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.

Trainee Veterinary Nurses Duties

NOTE: Only persons approved or authorised by the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board may perform the duties of veterinary nurses or trainee veterinary nurses.

Regulation 66 of the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 1979 sets out the duties and veterinary services that may be performed by trainee veterinary nurses (s. 26(4)(b)).

(1) The duties and veterinary services set out in regulation 65(2), (3) and (4) (see Veterinary Nurse’s duties) 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.