How to Become a Veterinary Nurse

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Who are Veterinary Nurses?

Qualified Veterinary Nurses are individuals who have passed the veterinary nurse exams and are registered with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons).

In addition to balancing the nursing and client care aspects of the role, the qualified nurses’ role often also includes running nurse clinics (weight, dental, etc.), perform routine dental treatment and assist with teaching student nurses in practice.

They may also wish to start to specialise in certain areas of nursing or study for additional qualifications.

Looking for a veterinary nurse position? Take a look at our current vet nurse vacancies.

A career as a Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary nurses (VNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons in order to provide a high standard of care for animals. Veterinary nurses normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a wide range of care and treatment. They provide skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision.

Veterinary nurses also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care.

As with any worthwhile job, the training you will need takes time, hard work and commitment - but if you are willing to put in the effort, you will be rewarded with a career, which offers variety, interest and daily contact with animals and their owners.

Skills required

  • Be able and enjoy working with people and animals
  • Be able to work as a team member
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be aware that at times the job is not very glamorous
  • You will train to carry out many practical nursing skills, prepare and assist for operations/procedures,etc.

The BVNA website offers details about the criteria required to enrol as a student veterinary nurse, and training to be a veterinary nurse.

There is usually high competition for places in veterinary practice for non-experienced members of staff to get their foot in the door. Evidence of work experience may be necessary in order to show you have some experience of veterinary practice life. If this is not possible try to get voluntary work in other animal environments, e.g. kennels and catteries.

Medivet actively encourages its entire qualified Nursing staff to undertake CPD (continued professional development).

Further information can be found on the RCVS website.

Posted February 9, 2015 in Vet Professionals

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