Veteriary Nursing awareness month
May is Veterinary Nursing awareness month.
Here is a little bit of information about our Veterinary Nurses and the exciting and important roles they perform in practice.
At our Minster branch we currently have 7 qualified Veterinary Nurses and at our Birchington branch we have 2. You can see which Nurses are qualified because their uniforms are dark green.
We also have 1 student Veterinary Nurse, a Nursing assistant and a Student Physiotherapist. Their uniforms have white stripes.
In order to become qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, the Nurses have each attended college for at least one day a week of intensive theory and practical training and they will have done vocational training too, both over a period of 2-3 years, depending on course type.
Once qualified, the Nurses have to complete 15 hours of additional training every year in order to remain registered with the Royal college of Veterinary Surgeons and to practice as a Nurse.
The role of the Veterinary Nurse is a varied one. Duties “behind the scenes” include:
You may only have seen our Nurses when they are consulting.
Did you know that our qualified Nurses can provide the following services for your pets?
The Role of Veterinary Nurse can be different every single day.
It is an Interesting and challenging job and can be very physically and mentally demanding.
You need to be able to prioritise, think on your feet and keep calm in emergency situations.
You must to be able to provide the best care possible for your patients at all times and ensure that the Vets instructions are followed precisely.
It can also be an emotional Job, with stressful and upsetting moments at times.
You will need a strong stomach. Not just for dealing with bodily fluids but also to give injections and watch surgical procedures.
You need to be able to deal with people as well as animals. Most animals come with an owner too, and there are often reception and phone duties to be covered.
Veterinary Nurses can expand their role and specialise in different areas, such as surgery, behaviour or anaesthesia if they wish.
They can go onto become Practice managers or owners, drug or food Reps, Pet insurance claims advisers or Teachers for the next generation of Vet Nurses.
All in all it’s a great job, with great responsibilities but great rewards too.