Veterinary Nursing

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

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