A Career as a Veterinary Nurse

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We admire veterinary nurses for their supportive and caring approach to animal welfare – they are highly valued members of the wider veterinary team.

Veterinary nursing is a very rewarding job for dedicated, compassionate and committed individuals.

Do you dream of a career as a veterinary nurse but have no idea where to begin? Our Medivet Training College could be the right place for you to begin your dream career.

Our Medivet Training College, based at our support centre in Watford, is a dedicated training college that provides you with the opportunity to develop your career as a veterinary nurse.

Our aim is to help you begin your career in an entry role, with the view to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse. This is achieved by our work-based learning course. Students work in a practice to gain valuable experience, but also attend our college once a week.

Our veterinary nursing courses are awarded by City & Guilds and accredited by the RCVS. Our committed, dedicated and experienced team of lecturers provide you with the very best education and training.    

In order to enrol onto our veterinary course, you will need to be employed as a patient care assistant (PCA) by Medivet. If you have the necessary qualifications (which can be found on our FAQs page) and are aged 18 or over, check out our current vacancies page to find a PCA role in a Medivet practice near you.

We spoke to Medivet Hendon’s newly qualified veterinary nurse, Natasha Allsop, to find out more about her role as a veterinary nurse, and how the Medivet Training College opened the door to her dream career with animals.

Natasha Allsop Vet Nurse

How did you get into veterinary nursing?

After doing a couple of other things during my university and early working years, I realised that I wanted to fulfil my long-term desire to work with animals. After relocating to the UK, I realised that a career existed as a veterinary nurse, and I applied to become a patient care assistant with Medivet soon afterwards.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am currently a deputy head veterinary nurse at Medivet Hendon’s 24-hour centre, so I spend my days organising operations and the team, liaising with other practices, ordering stock and completing rotas; I also run puppy parties and get to spend lots of time helping owners socialise their four legged friends.

We deal with a lot of emergencies within our practice, so I am heavily involved in providing emergency care as well as performing anaesthetics and doing pre and post-operative care for dogs, cats and small furries.

What do you love most about your job?

No two days are ever the same. I love the variety of my day-to-day working life and being able to interact with the animals and nurse them back to health. It is always thrilling to watch a really poorly animal get better and return home to their beloved family. I also get to work within an experienced, dynamic and fun team.

What support did you get from the Medivet Training College?

Medivet Training College were fantastic throughout my studies and they offered a variety of support. They were always there to listen and advise. Becoming a veterinary nurse at Medivet was the best choice I ever made!

If you’d like to know more about our training college, you can download a print-friendly copy of our prospectus.

Alternatively, you can find more information about us on our webpage or you can contact our friendly college team who will be happy to assist you.  

Posted October 7, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Vet Professionals

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