Veterinary nurse will be involved in hands-on nursing care of a range of animals, providing both emergency and routine healthcare. They will work alongside veterinary surgeons to promote animal health and welfare through responsible ownership, and play a key role in the education of pet owners.
There are different types of practice which includes
- General practice (first opinion): first line care of animals including vaccinating, neutering, worming, health checking and diagnosing diseases.
- Referral practice: specialist practices that tend to see the more complex cases. Examples include orthopaedics, oncology and ophthalmology. In some cases, these may be species specific, e.g. canine, equine or exotics.
- Emergency practice: practices that typically operate overnight and at weekends seeing urgent and critical cases.
Responsiblities of veterinary nurse includes
- provide nursing care to hospitalised patients, including patient monitoring and health checking, feeding, grooming and walking animals
- administer treatments including injections, tablets, drips and blood transfusions
- perform diagnostic tests, e.g. blood sampling, urine analysis and x-rays
- prepare animals for surgery and perform some minor procedures, e.g. suturing wounds and dental hygiene
- monitor anaesthesia
- assist veterinary surgeons with operations
- maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the practice
- communicate with pet owners, gaining their trust and reassuring them about their animal's treatment
- educate pet owners on animal health, including vaccinations, worming, flea prevention and appropriate nutrition
- support student veterinary nurses undertaking placements
- work to the professional code of conduct
- Track 1-1 First line care of animals
- Track 2-2 Ethics and Welfare
- Track 3-3 Cleanliness and Hygiene