UcWA Cambridge Campus Veterinary Students Take RCVS Pledge at Graduation Ceremony

Monday 22 October 2018

Twenty veterinary nurse students from the University centre of West Anglia (UcWA) Cambridge Campus attended their graduation ceremony on Saturday 6 October at Alive Corn Exchange at King’s Lynn.

The students studied the BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour and FdSc in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour are delivered on behalf of Anglia Ruskin by the College of West Anglia at the Cambridge Campus in Milton, Cambridge.

The students took to the stage to take the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons pledge and declaration, overseen by Susan Howarth of the Veterinary Nurses Council, to officially become registered veterinary nurses, certified by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

The students repeated the RCVS pledge, after Susan Howarth, below:

“I promise and solemnly declare that I will pursue the work of my profession with integrity and accept my responsibilities to the public, my clients, the profession and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and that above all my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals to my care.”

This addition to UcWA’s annual graduation proceedings is a direct result of the college receiving accreditation from the RCVS, which means that all UcWA veterinary nursing graduates who complete either the college’s veterinary nursing or veterinary nursing with applied animal behaviour degree or foundation degree, will now be fast-tracked into the profession.

The approval by the RCVS means that students graduating from the above courses can now join the Register of Veterinary Nurses without having to undertake a pre-registration examination, which otherwise would be an additional exam sat on top of their degree at a later date.

CWA principal, David Pomfret, said: “The College of West Anglia now provides higher education opportunities to well over 400 students and this year there are 171 students graduating from 14 programmes.
“The fact that we are able to offer such a diverse and high-quality range of higher education locally is due to the successful partnership we have established with Anglia Ruskin University. We work exclusively with the university to offer a student-centred range of courses. Our commitment to Higher education has never been stronger and we want to raise aspirations, meet local employer skills needs and provide greater opportunities for everyone.

“This summer our HE students demonstrated their confidence in our HE provision as CWA achieved an overall satisfaction mean score of 86 per cent against a national average of all higher education institutions of 83 per cent. The 2018 graduands also achieved great success with over 70 per cent of all completing students achieving ‘Good’ degree outcomes (first class or upper second classifications). Our HE students have sacrificed much to achieve success and today is a day of celebration for them.”

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