Vectar, Veterinary European Clinical Training and Assessment Record

Duration of the Project

1.10.2011 – 30.9.2013

Project Coordination

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, United Kingdom

Project Financier

Leonardo da Vinci

Aims and Results of the Project

The acquisition of safe and effective clinical skills, that meet the requirements of employers and (where relevant) professional regulators, are key to veterinary nursing training.  These skills are largely gained in the workplace and it is important that robust systems for the support of this essential learning are in place. Employer, national and international expectations in relation to competence should be explicit and addressed in order that veterinary nursing qualifications may be readily understood and transferable across international boundaries.

The aims of the project are:

  • To agree a list of essential practical skills in which veterinary nursing students must gain experience and competency during work-based learning, based on the ACOVENE Dossier of Competencies and taking into account feedback from employers and other stakeholders
  • To develop a European IT (internet)-based system for recording the acquisition of clinical skills and competency, based on the Nursing Progress Log developed by the RCVS and currently in use by colleges and veterinary practices in the UK
  • To develop a readily accessible training package to facilitate the preparation of students’ learning supervisors in the workplace (clinical coaches)

The consortium

The consortium comprises organisations and schools of veterinary nursing from across Europe, encompassing a diverse range of geographical locations and veterinary cultures.  The RCVS is both a professional regulatory body and an awarding organisation for veterinary nursing qualifications.  ACOVENE operates the European accreditation system for veterinary nursing qualifications and FECAVA is a European federation of national veterinary associations.  The majority of partners are either members of, or are closely associated with Vetnnet, the European association of veterinary nurse educators.

The majority of materials used by European schools of veterinary nursing to support work-based practical learning are paper-based and do not readily facilitate the monitoring of progress whilst students are out of college in the workplace.  The project will address these issues and will produce adapted IT and training tools that are driven by stakeholder feedback and suitable for use across Europe.