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Independent Vetcare is committed to Nurse Development and 2017 is host to the launch of the IVC Nurse Academy.

The Nurse Academy provides a unique opportunity to join a supportive network of newly qualified RVNs with a structured 12-month CPD programme. The Academy offers outstanding benefits of over 100 hours of CPD (worth over £2,000) and 12 CPD days. 

The engaging, varied programme offers quarterly CPD sessions accompanied by unlimited e-CPD, BVNA membership, attendance at Europe’s largest sole Veterinary Nurse Congress, an allocated in-practice nurse mentor and enhanced career progression support. 

With the support of veterinary companies such as Bayer, CPD providers and the RCVS, a pilot programme was launched in September 2016 with great success. Joanne Barrett from the Vet Hospital in Plymouth is one of the Academy Nurses from this intake. 

“The Nurse Academy is a way of easing you into the profession. A chance to get out of practice whilst keeping up the nursing vibe. With motivating and friendly organisers, mentors and managers, plus free CPD dedicated to your level of experience. It’s all about you as an individual alongside people in the same boat. I simply can’t sum up what the IVC Nurse Academy has given to me”

As part of Independent Vetcare’s ongoing investment in their veterinary nurses, they offer all their newly qualified RVNs a place on the IVC Nurse Academy. With intakes in March and September each year, IVC ensure this opportunity is available within 6 months of entering the RCVS Veterinary Nurse register.  

Jen Clarke BSc(Hons) RVN is Independent Vetcare’s Nurse Development Manager and established the Nurse Academy, says “Stepping into the infamous ‘greens’ and fixing on that new RVN badge can be a daunting process for newly qualified nurses and it is essential that we support our nurses at this time. This first year on the register is fundamental in creating a platform for continued professional development. I’m delighted with the success of the pilot and continue my commitment in providing an engaging and valuable programme of integration into the veterinary nursing profession.”  

Applications are now being accepted for nationwide positions. If you are a newly qualified nurse or soon to be and would like further information on the Nurse Academy and the roles available at IVC, please contact: nurseacademy@independentvetcare.co.uk or call 07484 520516.

For more information, quotes or photos please contact:
Jen Clarke BSc(Hons) RVN,Nurse Development Manager

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