Veterinary Nurses and the Law

 Monday 23rd February 1pm

Presented by

Kathy Kissick MAEd RVN and
Gordon Hockey 
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In this webinar, VN council chair Kathy Kissick and RCVS Registrar Gordon Hockey explore the legal issues affecting veterinary nurses in practice. They will explore the impact of the new Royal Charter, which formally makes veterinary nursing a registered profession. In addition, they will discuss what Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act means for all members of the practice team in terms of the procedures and work that can and can’t be delegated to registered and student veterinary nurses. They will also look at the use of titles in practice, and consider what may lie ahead for the future of the veterinary nursing profession.

Kathy qualified as a RANA in 1983 after spending her training years in a small animal practice in Stockport, Cheshire and then progressed to a Head Nurse position in Preston, Lancashire where her passion for teaching started to develop.

Kathy took part-time teaching positions in Liverpool, St Helens, and Preston and throughout her teaching career has kept her practical skills up to date in veterinary practice but her passion has always been teaching and seeing students achieve their full potential. She graduated with a Masters degree in Education in 2008.

Kathy's position at Myerscough College has been varied; she started as a part-time animal care instructor and progressed through the ranks to become a Learning Manager and to see Veterinary Nursing and Farriery stand alone as a department in its own right.

Kathy is responsible for 28 members of staff and in excess of 350 veterinary nursing students ranging from Animal Nursing Assistants to Advanced Veterinary Nurses and Undergraduates and Equine Veterinary Nurses, and 145 Farriers ranging from pre-farriers to BSc farriers – an interesting mix of students


Gordon Hockey became the Head of Legal Services and Registrar 1 November 2012. Gordon is a qualified barrister and pharmacist and has worked at the RCVS for the past 13 years. He was previously Head of Professional Conduct and Assistant Registrar.