2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
What do our qualifications mean?
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Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeons must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in order to practice in
the UK and have the initials 'MRCVS' or 'FRCVS' after their names.
The title 'Veterinary Surgeon' is protected in law and only those registered with the RCVS can use the title.
All RCVS-registered Veterinary Surgeons have achieved an educational qualification that meets the RCVS registration
requirements. In addition, they agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons and
commit to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development (CPD).
Examples of university degrees that meet the RCVS standard registration requirements for Veterinary Surgeons are
BVSc, BVetMed, BVM&S, DVM, MvDr, VetMB.
Further learning & Skill Development
Veterinary Surgeons have the responsibility to ensure that they maintain and develop their knowledge and skills
relevant to their professional practice and competence. The recommended minimum CPD is 105 hours over a rolling
three year period, with an average of 35 hours per year.
Most Veterinary Surgeons will have interests in certain fields, which means that they particularly enjoy a certain
aspect of the job, and therefore have greater skills in this area compared to the average Veterinary Surgeon.
At Animates not only do we strongly value continuing education, to remain updated, we also encourage obtaining
advanced qualifications. This enables us to be excellent general practitioners with a higher level of expertise in our
particular areas of interest
Several Vets at Animates have special interests:
Recognised postgraduate Certificates (Equivalent of a Masters level of Qualification) and RCVS Recognised
Advanced Practioner Status
- Sarah Pellet - Exotics
Rebecca Kuttel - Opthalmology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Endoscopy, Acupuncture/Pain Management
Tom Von den Busch - Ultrasonography, Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology
Katherine Wynn-Owen - Emergency & Critical Care, Medicine, Ultrasonography
Anita Bajuka - Exotics
A limited number of Vets go on to study for recognised postgraduate certificates in their area of special interest. To
achieve a post graduate certificate requires further learning, study and exams in a particular field. Once Vets receive
their Certificate they can choose to apply to be recognised as an Advanced Practicitioner.
The following vets have certificates equivalent of a masters level:
The following vets are currently working towards certificates:
- Sarah Pellet: Exotics MRCVS CertAVP (ZooMed)
Katherine Wynn-Owen: Emergency and Critical Care PGCertSAECC Recognised as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner
The following vets are registered to start a certificate in 2017
- Rebecca Kuttel: Opthalmology
Diploma (Required to achieve RCVS Specialist Status)
- Tom Von den Busch: Small Animal Surgery
A Diploma is the next level of qualification. To achieve a diploma requires submitting a thesis on new research,
publishing regularly and sitting an extensive set of examinations, both written and oral.
Once a Vet has achieved Diploma level they can be included in the RCVS list of recognised specialists if they can
demonstrate their active contribution to their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in
their field. An RCVS Specialist must also be available for referral by other veterinary colleagues.
The following vet has achieved a diploma and is included on the list of RCVS recognised specialists:
Registered Veterinary Nurses - RVN
- Sarah Pellet: Zoological and Wildlife medicine - DZM
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The title 'Veterinary Nurse', and the letters 'RVN', can only be used by individuals who have successfully completed an
approved Veterinary Nurse training course and are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
All RCVS-registered veterinary nurses have achieved an educational qualification that meets the RCVS registration
requirements. In addition, they agree to abide by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses and
commit to keeping their skills and knowledge up to date, by means of continuing professional development.
The following are registered veterinary nurses at Animates:
Like vets, Registered Veterinary Nurses can go on to do further qualifications including certificates and diplomas. The
following nurses have achieved further qualifications:
- Sara Dench
Kirsty Smith - Advanced Diploma
Helle Dahl Pausgaard
Student Veterinary Nurses
- Kirsty Smith: Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. DipAVN (small animal) and a Degree in Clinical Veterinary Nursing
Sara Dench: Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Emergency and Critical Care - CertVNECC
Suzanne Reynold-Warnes: ISFM certificate in feline nursing - ISFMCertFN
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Student Veterinary Nurses are those enrolled with the RCVS for the purpose of training at an approved practice.
We currently have 5 Student Veterinary Nurses:
- Alice Gibbons
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Kennel Assistants are members of staff who assist with providing animal care. They are not enrolled on a course to
obtain a qualification recognised by the RCVS. They may have, or may be undertaking, other animal care qualification
but can not be called any form of veterinary nurse.
Receptionists and Administrators
Our front of house reception team are our clients first port of call. They will help with appointments, repeat orders,
and any other queries.
Our administration team help ensure things run smoothly behind the scenes.