Veterinary nursing, along with veterinary surgery, is a key professional role which aims to deliver medical care and assistance to animals. They also play an empirical role in educating pet owners on maintaining and managing the health of their animals, while carrying out technical, skilled work in a range of diagnostic tests and minor surgical procedures.
Other typical veterinary nursing duties range greatly, but common day-to-day jobs include responsibilities such as:
Preparing animals for surgery
Providing support to animals and owners before and after operations
Assisting in the operating theatre
Administering medications and fluid therapy
Observing and recording patients’ vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration and pain
Treating and dressing wounds and fractures
Teaching owners of both nutritional and preventative care
Carrying out a range of diagnostic tests in the practice laboratory
Dispensing medication and how to use them
In order to become a veterinary nurse, you’ll need to have successfully completed a course accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Once you have achieved this qualification, you can choose to work in three different types of practices, which include:
General practice: The first line of care for pets and other animals, with duties such as vaccinating, neutering, worming, health checking and diagnosing diseases.
Referral practice: A specialist practice that tends to deal with the more complex cases. Areas within this practice include orthopaedics, oncology and ophthalmology.
Emergency practice: A practice that will typically open at weekends and overnight in order to deal with urgent cases.
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