Posted 1 May 2009
The qualification awarded to Harper Adams veterinary nurses is set to gain added value, with an industry-recognised certificate being automatically awarded to all first-degree graduates.
The Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) confirmed this week that the Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate (VPAC) will be included in the BSc Veterinary Nurse and Practice Management Degree course delivered at Harper Adams University College with effect from September 2009.
This comes as a result of several years of liaison and hard work from course organisers at Harper Adams and member of the Certification and Training Board at VPMA. The process involved mapping the existing degree course content across to the VPAC syllabus and ensuring that all elements of the VPAC are covered to the required level.
Linzi Nuttall, a member of the veterinary nursing teaching team at Harper Adams, who has been working on the link-up, was delighted with the result and said “It is a great achievement to now be able to offer our BSc degree students an extra qualification as part of their degree.
“Harper Adams enjoys close links with the industries it prepares students for entry into and Veterinary Nursing is no exception. With the course already being of a high quality, no extra work is required for the students to gain the Veterinary Practice Administration Certificate, yet the qualification might open many more doors of opportunity for them within the veterinary practice industry.”
The VPAC covers the skills required to carry out administrative tasks efficiently with the minimum of supervision and to be able to present the finished task to the supervisor, manager or employer. It is therefore a very useful qualification for those nurses who find themselves increasingly taking on administrative duties within a practice.
Brian Wright, Chair of Certification and Training for VPMA said “The VPAC continues to go from strength to strength and this new access perfectly compliments the current distance learning option available through Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing”. There are now 92 holders of the VPAC, which was first awarded in 2002.
Anyone wanting to find out more about the VPAC or the VPMA should contact the Secretariat on 07000 782324 or Brian Wright on C&TChair@vpma.co.uk or 07899875744. Anyone wanting to find out more about the Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management courses at Harper Adams should contact Linzi Nuttall on 01952 825420 or visit
People can meet the team and some of Harper’s animals at the Public Open Day on May 9.