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Regsitered veterinary nurse (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Veterinary nurse
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Regsitered veterinary nurse
    United Kingdom
    All regions
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :

    Directive 2005/36/EC

    National legislation:

    Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, Schedule 3

    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :

    Protected Function


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    DSE - Diploma (post-secondary education), including Annex II (ex 92/51, Annex C,D) , Art. 11 c
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    A registered or listed veterinary nurse may provide any medical treatment or any minor surgery (not involving entry into a body cavity) to any animal, provided: a) the animal is, for the time being, under the care of a registered veterinary surgeon/ practitioner and the medical treatment or minor surgery is carried out by the veterinary nurse under his/her direction; b) the registered veterinary surgeon/ practitioner is the employer or is acting on behalf of the employer of the veterinary nurse; and c) the registered veterinary surgeon/ practitioner directing the medical treatment or minor surgery is satisfied that the veterinary nurse is qualified to carry out the treatment or surgery.

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