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Role of the veterinary nurse: test your knowledge
  1. Christine Shield


    Christine Shield graduated from Edinburgh in 1983. She currently works freelance, having sold the single-handed small animal practice that she ran for 17 years. She is a past president of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons and the North of England Veterinary Association, and a Council member of the RCVS.


Veterinary practise encompasses a wide range of procedures, from simple vaccinations and blood testing through to anaesthesia and complex surgery. An article in the January 2012 issue of In Practice (vol 34, pp 52-53) set out the procedures that can be legally delegated to veterinary nurses within the practice under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. The quiz below gives you a chance to test your knowledge on which members of the practice team are legally permitted to perform which tasks. Answers are on pages 492-493.

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