Millcroft as a Veterinary Nurse Training Practice
Millcroft Veterinary Group became an approved veterinary nurse training practice in August 2002. To achieve this status we were inspected by our veterinary nursing approved centre (VNAC), Myerscough College, Preston. A VNAC is an organisation approved by the royal college of veterinary surgeons (RCVS) to manage veterinary nurse training and to enforce training standards.
This practice has two inspections a year by Myerscough College to ensure that standards are maintained and to assist with training methods to help our student nurses. The standards we have to meet focus primarily on the range of facilities and equipment we use, and the procedures undertaken in the practice, as well as health and safety issues.
At a training practice each student is allocated a clinical coach. This is either a vet or a Registered Veterinary Nurse and it is their responsibility to support, guide and assess the student nurse through their training, and keep up to date with all new developments that affect nurse training.
We offer two training streams for our students. Some of our trainees are employed by the practice and attend a two-year day release course at Myerscough College, leading to a NVQ (national vocational qualification) in veterinary nursing.
Other students are Myerscough veterinary nursing degree students who do practical training with us. The degree course lasts 2 years. These courses ensure that all veterinary nurses who qualify in Britain have achieved a recognised national standard of competence in the industry.
To maintain our training status is very time-consuming and expensive. However, as a practice we believe that investment in enthusiastic young people reaps ample rewards, in the form of valued long-term employees who are trained to the highest standard. Our nursing staff are able to offer our clients a high quality of advice to support them in all aspects of pet ownership. They are also able to support our veterinary surgeons during every procedure, ensuring the best in-patient care for our patients.