Accreditation fees

School accreditation fees have remained static since 2013.  At its February meeting, the ACOVENE Board agreed to increase its accreditation fees in line with the Euro area inflation rate as set by the Bank of Europe at the end of each year.  A fee increase will therefore be applied from 2017 onwards following the published inflation rate.  ACOVENE will communicate the 2017 fee once the Bank of Europe has announced the new inflation rate.

Independent Vetcare Nurse Academy



Independent Vetcare Nurse Academy


Applications are now open for the IVC Nurse Academy. This industry-leading programme welcomes newly qualified nurses that are looking for their first role in the UK. We have over 290 practices in the UK and we know the value of a good nurse and remain committed to not only training the next generation of nurses but in supporting all nurses with their career development to fulfil their goals wherever in the world you’ve come from. You will need to be registered with the RCVS to join the Academy programme but we can help you gain registration within practice if required.

Our nurse academy is a 12 month structured Continuing Professional Development programme which runs alongside a full time permanent post within one of our clinics. The programme includes:


  •  The support of a newly qualified nurse network
  • A starting salary of £17,500 per annum
  • Over 100 hours of CPD worth £2000
  • 12 days of CPD away from practice (10 from the practice rota & 2 weekend days)
  • 12mth membership of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
  •  3-day ticket to BVNA congress
  •  12mth unlimited access to E-CPD (Recorded lectures)
  •  Professional Development Journal to record and monitor development
  •  Allocated in-practice Nurse Mentor
  •   Regular Development Meetings
  •  Career progression support & progression toolkit on completion

To apply or to find out more about our academy please email:




ACOVENE accreditation pays off

ACOVENE brings international recognition to accreditated institutions. Our accreditation opens doors to students.

Dear Madam/Sir

We would like to recruit a veterinary nurse with a degree from your institute as it is automatically accepted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for registration as a veterinary nurse to work in the United Kingdom.

There is a shortage of veterinary nurses currently in the London area, so we are wondering whether you could place a note on your board for us that we are looking for a veterinary nurse in West London.

The surgery is called Companion Care Brentford and we are looking for a nurse to work in our modern, well equipped veterinary surgery with 3 vets, 4 nurses, 3 receptionists, digital x-ray, inhouse laboratory and Doppler ultrasound. We are a 100% small animal practice. Salary would be around 30 000 euros per year. Fluent English is necessary and we only accept applicants who have been trained at Abivet. Our website is

Applicants could send their CV to this email address,

Thank you very much for your help,

Sincerely yours

Attila Wurth

Acovene representative present at FECAVA meeting 1-3-2014 Helsinki, Finland

Sara Albone attended the FECAVA meeting held in Helsinki this weekend. She gave a short update on both VETNNET and ACOVENE developments. In particular there was a considerable interest from the FECAVA members from the Eastern European countries to facilitate contact with the veterinary nursing associations and veterinary nursing providers from those countries.
Hopefully we can look forward to some new partners in the future!

Fecava meeting

Board meeting Amsterdam 7-8 November

The annual ACOVENE Board meeting took place in November in Schipol, Netherlands. Items discussed included lowering accreditation fees for new and existing ACOVENE schools, the constitution of the ACOVENE Board and schools to be audited during 2014. A visitor development and standardisation day was also confirmed to take place on 7th March 2013 at the RCVS in London, UK. Details of decisions made at the meeting will follow on the site shortly.