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Dear VetSurgeon Member

Thought for the day: Are you getting the most out of your veterinary nurses? Using their capabilities to the full, thereby lightening your own load?

I ask because the RCVS has just published the results of its consultation into Schedule 3.

Both veterinary surgeons and nurses overwhelmingly said they want veterinary nurses to do more.

But there seem to be two things stopping this from happening.

First, veterinary surgeons don't have a very good understanding of what veterinary nurses are already allowed to do under Schedule 3. My sneaky suspicion is that are also some who know the rules, but interpret them over-restrictively.

Secondly, 60% of veterinary surgeons said they are 'not good' at delegating.

You can read the full results of the RCVS Consultation here. Meantime, it's worth having a think. What extra responsibility or task could you delegate to your nurse today that could help take the pressure off you? Repeat the exercise tomorrow. And the next day.

Soon you'll be squeezing every ounce of value out of your team. And that's good for everyone.

All the best,

Arlo Guthrie

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