In the UK, when is a “veterinary nurse” not a veterinary nurse?

When is a veterinary nurse not a veterinary nurse?

The blog was written for the UK situation where veterinary nurses are actively campaigning for change. The situation in Ireland is far better.

In the veterinary sphere, it is unlawful for a person to use titles such as “veterinary practitioner” or “veterinarian” or otherwise give the impression they are a vet or provide veterinary services without being registered by the Veterinary Council of Ireland, which requires a recognised veterinary degree.

In Ireland, the term “veterinary nurse”  is protected under Section 97 of the Veterinary Practice Act 2005, as amended: indeed, any term or reference that gives the impression that a person is a veterinary nurse is against the law.

More generally, there’s good article in Irish Times on the situation about protected titles here. In Ireland, the following health and social care professions are protected:

  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Medical doctor
  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Dietitian
  • Dispensing Opticians
  • Medical Scientist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthoptist
  • Optometrists
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiographer
  • Social Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist

There are many other professions which are not protected, much to the annoyance of those who are properly trained and qualified.

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