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Help Us Improve Veterinary Nurse Training

Posted in Our Community @ Jul 9th 2015 - By Jasmine Pengelly, VNCA Exec & NIAG Representative

Happy with the standard of veterinary nurse training in Australia?  Not happy?

If you're a trainee vet nurse OR an employer / manager of a trainee vet nurse currently undertaking a Cert IV here's an opportunity to have your say....

The National Industry Advisory Group (NIAG) for Veterinary Nursing is the peak representative body that provides industry feedback on the training of Veterinary Nurses in Australia. They are a group of VNCA, AVA and Registered Training Organisation representatives and are committed to improving Veterinary Nursing on a national level.  

The delivery of training should be a combined effort between the student, the employer and the training organisation.

Two surveys have been developed to help us understand what is currently happening with training, delivery and assessment options for vet nurse training. NIAG is interested to learn if all qualified nurses are capable of the same standard of tasks and how much contact employers and students have with their training organisations with relation to assessments and support.

Employers or supervisors of Veterinary Nurses currently undertaking Certificate IV training are asked to complete a short survey to provide information about vet nurse training from their perspective.

Trainee Vet Nurses are asked to complete a short survey to help us understand the picture from their side of the equation.

The information you give us will help us advocate for better vet nurse training and to provide input into further development of the training package for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

About Jasmine

Jasmine Pengelly sits on the VNCA Executive and NSW committees and has been a NIAG representative for the past 6 years. She is a Cert IV Qualified Veterinary Nurse with a Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care and has maintained Accreditation through the VNCAs Accredited Veterinary Nurse scheme since 2006. Jasmine has worked in small animal specialist and general practices for more than 15 years and has been a trainer and assessor of veterinary nurses for almost 10 years. Jasmine has a passion for training veterinary nurses, but loves to get stuck in to clinical work just as much so splits her time between the two! 


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