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Vet Legislation

301.1 Vet nursing legislation

What code must VS abide by? RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons (2012)
Principle function of VS To safeguard the health and welfare of animals (and to protect their interests)
Responsibility of the VS The diagnosis and prevention of disease and for the medical and surgical treatment of animals
VS must be members of which organisation? RCVS
Code of conduct which sets out the VS professional responsibilities RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons (2012)
One of the five principles of practice Professional competence
One of the five principles of practice Honesty and integrity
One of the five principles of practice Independence and impartiality
One of the five principles of practice Client confidentiality and trust
One of the five principles of practice Professional accountability
Act that controls the work of both VS and RVN in the UK The Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966)
What does the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) prohibit? Anyone other than a VS who is a member of the RCVS from practising veterinary surgery
What counts as veterinary surgery? Anything entering into a body cavity, including removing teeth.
What legislation sets out the treatment which may be carried out by people other than a VS? Schedule 3 (2002) of the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966)
What treatment can animal husbandry trainees over the age of 17 undertake? Castrating, debudding, docking lamb's tails
What are the conditions for a person to provide physiotherapy to animals? The person must be over 18, and the physiotherapy must have been prescribed by a VS who has examined the animal
What does "supervision" mean in schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966)? The VS is present and able to respond to requests while the treatment is underway
What does "under direction" mean in schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966)? The VS has ordered that the treatment be undertaken, although they are not necessarily present
What does "direct and constant supervision" mean in schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966)? The VS is present and giving the student their undivided attention
Principle function of the RVN To work alongside the VS in order to provide skilled supportive (nursing) care
When did RVNs become accountable for their actions? April 2011
Veterinary nursing code Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nursing (2012)
Under schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) what can a RVN do? Undertake any medical treatment or minor surgery (not involving entry into a body cavity) under the direction of a VS
When should a RVN accept a delegated task? When they are confident, competent and able to carry out the task correctly
Who is classified as a RVN according to the RCVS A nurse whose name is recorded in the register of veterinary nursing maintained by the RCVS
When may anaesthesia be induced by anyone other than a VS? Only when administering a specific quantity of medicine as directed by a VS and only by a RVN or a SVN
Whose responsibility is it to monitor the patient during anaesthesia? VS, but may be carried out on their behalf by a suitably trained person (usually a RVN or SVN)
What are the three C's for a RVN or SVN to accept a delegated task? Must be confident, competent and able to perform the task correctly.
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