Lead Veterinary Nurse/Technician Practitioner

Our highest qualification for nurses in primary care veterinary practice
The new ISVPS Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner award is the highest level of clinical qualification in primary care veterinary practice, awarded to veterinary nurses who successfully pass our assessments throughout My Veterinary Nurse Career with our accredited training provider, Improve Veterinary Education.
Who is the Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner qualification for?
It is for qualified Veterinary Nurses or Technicians looking to achieve the highest qualification and wanting to deepen their knowledge and expertise through a structured pathway.
Advance your skills whilst working towards recognised ISVPS qualifications
My Veterinary Nurse Career enables you to work towards ISVPS qualifications whilst progressing through your structured career pathway. By obtaining points with each qualification and undertaking additional modules in your discipline of interest, candidates can reach the required number of points to achieve the new ISVPS Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner qualification - this will be the highest level of clinical qualifications in primary care veterinary practice.

Visit the Improve International website for more information on My Veterinary Career.

How will you benefit?
Gaining a deeper understanding and knowledge in your area of interest

  • Increasing the ability to:
    • critically evaluate evidence and make clinical decisions on the strength of the best evidence available
    • utilise more advanced techniques
    • use self-reflection to inform and improve clinical practice.
  • Building your confidence and knowledge to share with others in practice.


  • Increasing peer and employer recognition of skills and expertise
  • Achieving continuing professional development (CPD) requirements
How will your practice benefit?
  • Individuals will be more confident in clinical decisions and sharing knowledge
  • Retaining talent and expertise through supporting career development
  • Increased customer satisfaction and retention through skilled, confident vet nurses
  • Ability to illustrate high standards of patient care by having staff with ISVPS globally recognised qualifications
How will your patients and their owners’ benefit?
  • The ISVPS purpose is focused on delivering compassionate animal care. The Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner award is a globally recognised qualification that supports:
    • Improved patient care from committed veterinary professionals
    • Increased satisfaction as a result of best practice approaches, informed by the highest ethical standards

Get started now

To get started, enrol on the relevant course with our accredited training provider, Improve Veterinary Education. Once enrolled in a course, you can register with us for your assessments.

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Find up-to-date information on assessments and other useful documents in your Candidate’s Area.

Lead Veterinary Nurse Practitioner Routes

Current routes for nurses include:

  • Anaesthesia

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