A Training Practice (TP) is an essential resource of any approved college or university offering veterinary nurse training. Such practices offer the clinical training and work experience essential to qualification as a veterinary nurse.
There are currently around 1,700 training practices in the UK. Training practices offer:
- a suitable and safe clinical environment in which to provide training and experience
- a sufficient and varied animal case load in order that students may achieve the range of skills and knowledge required (set out in the National Occupational Standards for veterinary nursing)
- staff able to provide suitable training, support and assessment
Within a TP, clinical coaches and assessors provide support to trainee veterinary nurses, by supervising their work, assessing their progress and providing regular feedback to students and their college/university.
RCVS Approved Centres are responsible for evaluating and approving the resources and facilities of a TP, providing support to staff and carrying out ongoing quality assurance.