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Veterinary Medicine: Nurses

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many registered veterinary nurses there are. (294842)

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons maintains a list of veterinary nurses who are allowed by the Veterinary Services Act 1966 to undertake certain veterinary procedures. There are currently 8,795 qualified veterinary nurses on this list. Of these, 6,758 have voluntarily applied to join a non statutory register of veterinary nurses, and are therefore known as registered veterinary nurses.