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Staff Management
Veterinary nurse training: the case for a more coordinated approach
  1. Jane More

    Jane More qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1976. She is currently the public relations officer and branch coordinator for the British Veterinary Nursing Association.

  2. Ray Butcher

    Ray Butcher is a partner in an eight vet small animal practice in Upminster, Essex. He has a keen interest in veterinary nurse training both in the UK and in other European countries and is an honorary associate of the British Veterinary Nursing Association.


MUCH concern has been voiced over the past few years about the high percentage of student veterinary nurses who fail their examinations each year. Does this high failure rate reflect the quality of the teaching, the standard of the examination, an inadequate input from the approved training centres (ATCs) or the aptitude of the students? There may be no straightforward answer but, as discussed by Jane More and Ray Butcher, the ATC plays a critical role in veterinary nurse training.

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