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Head of Veterinary Nursing Centre for Veterinary Nursing and Curriculum Development (Full Time)

Cornwall College
Salary CC_65 £38,018 to CC_70 £40,064 (Pro Rata)
Closing date
25 Jul 2022

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Academia, Small Animal, Veterinary
Job Type
Veterinary Nurse
Contract Type
Full Time
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Post title:                         Head of Veterinary Nursing Centre for Veterinary Nursing and Curriculum Development (Full Time)

Based at:                          Duchy College Rosewarne

Reports to:                       Head of Campus

Responsible for:               Programme Managers, Training Liaison Staff

Salary:                              CC_65 £38,018 to CC_70 £40,064 (Pro Rata)

Terms & Conditions:        Management Contract

Head of Veterinary Nursing Centre – Primary purpose of the role:

The Head of the Veterinary Nursing (VN) Centre takes overall responsibility for maintaining standards of Veterinary Nursing training within the Centers.  This role oversees assessment and quality assurance within Veterinary Training Practices affiliated to the VN Centre, plus the quality and standard of Student Veterinary Nursing education delivered by the College.  This involves line management of staff within the Veterinary Nursing Team, including teaching staff and Training Liaison/IQA staff.  Lead Moderating involves checking the accuracy and consistency of IQA assessment/competency decisions made by the IQA’s.  It ensures that all Clinical Supervisors are working fairly, to the correct standards and are interpreting these consistently.

The role involves close liaison with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and with the relevant Awarding Organisations and oversees the professional registration of Veterinary Nurses with the RCVS.  The role also involves the organisation of ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Veterinary Practice personnel, including Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Practice Managers and Reception staff.

The Head of Centre acts as a single point of accountability for the quality assurance for Vet nursing across Rosewarne. This means that they’re responsible for overseeing the management of the assessment and qualifications as well as signing off assessment and internal verification decisions. Recommend quality improvement actions to the centre’s delivery team.

In collaboration with the Head of Campus, to be accountable for all aspects of the learner journey from initial marketing, promotion, initial advice and guidance and solely responsible for successful learner progression and careers advice, achievement, recording destinations, programme design and consistently high levels of teaching, learning and assessment.

Specific duties - The Head of Veterinary Nursing Centre is responsible for:

  1. Overall responsibility for the delivery of RCVS-approved licence to practice qualifications in Veterinary Nursing.
  2. Planning an overall sampling strategy for the VN Centre’s and ensuring that verification/IQA and assessment meets all awarding organisation requirements  
  3. Line management of Teaching and Training Liaison/IQA staff and undertaking staff appraisals to ensure quality of teaching and training within the VN Department.  
  4. Overseeing programme delivery (Further Education including Apprenticeships and Higher Education) by the programme teams to ensure all requirements are met regarding:  information, advice and guidance, initial assessment, interviewing and sign-up/enrolment, induction, attendance of students, teaching, learning and assessment, monitoring of training in practice and professional registration.  
  5. Ensuring staff are professionally and occupationally competent or vocationally competent to carry out their role and oversee the training of Clinical Supervisors in their role.  
  6. Ensure that the IQA team sample action/assessment plans for the nursing logs/portfolios and evidence of assessment of competency decisions made by Clinical Supervisors and provide appropriate written feedback to encourage improvement and good practice.  
  7. Ensure that the IQA team check that the nursing log/portfolio evidence is clearly organised, complete and auditable.  
  8. Ensure that the IQA team maintain up-to-date records of internal verification/IQA which are available to Awarding Organisations in order to inform them of the effectiveness of assessment.   
  9. Liaising and communicating with Training Practices (in person and by telephone, email and letters) and providing support and advice regarding enrolment of candidates, student reports, progress with nursing logs/portfolios, examination entries and any specific assessment issues. Oversee IQA team liaison.
  10. Liaising with the relevant Campus Administrators to ensure continuity of mailings and invoices to Training Practices and Awarding Organisations.
  11. Actively engaging with practices wishing to gain TP status across the South West region.
  12. Overseeing IQA visits to Training Practices and ensure relevant monitoring documentation is completed as required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and Awarding Organisations.
  13. Establishing procedures to ensure common interpretation of national standards between Clinical Supervisors through regular meetings and standardisation activities.  
  14. Supporting Clinical Supervisors through training, coaching, mentoring and observing.
  15. Organising and overseeing External Quality Assurance (EQA) visits by Qualification Consultants (External Verifiers) and assisting the RCVS/Awarding Organisations in organising TP monitoring visits.  
  16. Ensuring that any corrective actions required by the RCVS regulatory body and the Qualification Awarding Organisations are carried out within agreed timescales.
  17. Attending RCVS Head of Centre Meetings and Awarding Organisation update meetings, as required.
  18. Reporting any issues / concerns in relation to assessment and quality assurance to the Head of Campus and agreeing remedial action as necessary.  
  19. Developing (in consultation with the Head of Campus, IVs/IQAs) consistent style in documentation and IQA templates across College sites.  
  20. Following a programme of planned staff development, as identified through the Performance Management appraisal system and maintaining RCVS CPD and registration.
  21. Attending meetings and other functions as requested.  
  22. Undertaking any other reasonable duties as may be requested from time to time by the Head of Campus, Assistant Principal or Principal.  

The Curriculum Development will:

  • Review current provision and undertake mapping to establish relevance in terms of local and national priorities;
  • Develop an exciting, contemporary curriculum offer that delivers inspiring and responsive skills provision to meet the needs of the business community by engaging with Cornish SMEs to develop curriculum that is in line with local skills needs
  • Develop curriculum at HE level to meet identified skills needs
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with HE Operations, Curriculum Area Managers and the Business-to-Business team in the management of project activities and appropriate curriculum approval processes
  • Investigate opportunities with HEI’s to provide alternative progression routes from FE and FDAP provision

Person Specification



  • Must be a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) or Veterinary Surgeon
  • Must be Clinical Coach trained
  • Level 2 English and maths
  • D34/ V1/TAQA Verifier/IQA award          


  • Full teaching qualification e.g. PGCE, DET or Certificate of Education
  • Degree or Post Graduate Degree in Veterinary Nursing, Veterinary Science or an Animal Science-related subject
  • Level 3 English and maths



  • At least four years’ experience as an RVN/Veterinary Surgeon in practice
  • Must have demonstrable experience of using nursing logs/e-portfolios and supporting Student Veterinary Nurses to record Day One Skills


  • To have worked within an educational environment
  • Minimum of two years successful teaching experience
  • Experience of working with and knowledge of a wide range of animal species, their husbandry, health, welfare and behaviour
  • Demonstrable experience as a recognised subject specialist and exemplar within the curriculum area of Veterinary Nursing/Animal Science

Personal Attributes and Qualities


  • Must be organised and self-motivated with the ability to work under your own initiative, with professionalism and a high level of integrity
  • Must enjoy teaching and learning processes and take a positive and optimistic approach to working in the FE community, supporting and developing our students
  • Must have the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • You will need a very high level of interpersonal / communication skills
  • Must have the ability to work calmly under pressure often to tight deadlines and with a commitment to completion of tasks
  • You must have a sound ability to tackle conflict / underperformance in an appropriate manner
  • Must be an excellent team worker
  • You will need a very strong work ethic, with personal ambition and a commitment to continuous learning
  • You will need to show flexibility, adaptability and a willingness to embrace processes of change and development

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Cornwall College has campuses in Camborne, Newquay and St Austell and also as part of The Cornwall College Group, has specialist land-based and marine partner colleges, Duchy College, Bicton College and Falmouth Marine School across the region. We also have a dedicated Engineering Skills Centre in Plymouth, a Professional Skills Centre at St Mellion Resort and a training partnership with the world famous Eden Project.

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