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Veterinary nursing timeline

For the story before 1961, please read Veterinary Nursing - the Early Years, from the Related documents box.

1961 RCVS approved first Animal Nursing Auxiliary (ANA) training scheme.
1962 First Animal Nursing Auxiliary qualified.
1965 British Veterinary Nursing Association was formed (it became the British Veterinary Nursing Auxiliaries Association the following year as the term ‘nurse’ was protected until 1984).
1984 Title 'veterinary nurse' first used.
1991 Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 amended and the role of nurse formally recognised in law (schedule 3).
1992 First group qualify as DipAVN (surgical).

RCVS accredited as an awarding body for vocational qualifications.

1998 RCVS starts to offer nationally recognised vocational qualifications (NVQs), first undergraduate courses become available.
2000 First equine veterinary nurses qualified.
2002 Veterinary Nurses Council established.
2002 First cohort awarded BSc Hons in Veterinary Nursing.
2007 Non-statutory Register of veterinary nurses started.
2010 First Veterinary Nurse on RCVS Council.
2011 Introduction of disciplinary system for Registered Veterinary Nurses.
2012 New Code of Professional Conduct includes, for the first time, a declaration to be made by Registered Veterinary Nurses on professional registration