The International Accreditation for Veterinary Nurse Education is a voluntary organisation to accredit veterinary nurse education programmes in the EU.
Veterinary nurses are increasingly significant members of the veterinary team in European countries. Whilst every country has its established systems for their education and training, a more standardised approach assists registration bodies and veterinary employers to facilitate the movement of qualified veterinary nurses between EU member states. IAVET accordingly sets standards for the delivery of veterinary nurse education and stipulates the minimum curriculum content for an accredited programme.
Veterinary nurses who graduate from an IAVET-accredited programme have attained a known minimum standard of knowledge and skills. Their programme has been subject to expert visitation and ongoing monitoring by the Board, which is recognised and endorsed by the Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. This means they have highly employable skills within European veterinary practice, providing opportunities to work in many member states. Veterinary nursing is a regulated profession in an increasing number of countries. Achievement of an IAVET-accredited programme is recognised by most registration bodies, thus speeding the process of professional registration where this is required.
Accreditation by IAVET provides an assurance of quality, international parity and recognition for a veterinary nursing programme. This status is of value to programme graduates, whose knowledge and skills are recognised by veterinary employers both nationally and internationally. The process of accreditation is supportive and helps to improve programme organisation, delivery and quality assurance from the outset. IAVET provides schools with guidance and the opportunity to network with other accredited programmes on an ongoing basis.