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In additional to their training to become a veterinary nurse, many have completed or are currently undertaking further training and qualifications including nutrition, medicine, anaesthesia, emergency nursing, behaviour, small mammals, exotics species, avian species, feline medicine, and many more.
A veterinary nurse will complete a wide range of jobs within their routine including:
- Nurse consults to discuss, weight, preventative care and give second vaccinations
- Admitting patient for procedures or hospitalisation
- Preparing animals for theatre and sterilisation of the surgical site
- Monitoring anaesthetics
- Taking blood samples
- Testing samples within our in-house laboratory and arriving external laboratory tests
- Cleaning kennels and feeding the in-patients
- Administration of medicines
- Sterile cleaning of theatre
- Positioning patients for x-rays
- Dispensing medication
- Reception duties – answering telephone calls, booking appointment, greeting clients
- Performing dental scale and polishes
- Dressing wounds
- And much more! As you can tell our veterinary nurses are a vital part of the daily running of our practice and we couldn’t provide the care to your pet without them.
- One option is the Level 3 Diploma, this is a City and Guilds qualification which can take between 2 and 3 years to complete. The course is a full-time course at college alongside veterinary practice based work placements to gain practical experience.
- Another option still is the Level 3 Diploma course which is run as a apprenticeship course with students working in clinical practice and attending college on a day release basis every week.
- The Foundation Degree course in Veterinary Nursing is a course take 3 years to complete and is a level 5 qualification. It is completed at either college or university on a full time basis and students will attend works placements at intervals during the course.
- There is also a level 6 qualification available in Veterinary Nursing which is the Honours Degree. This again is a full time course completed at university where students will complete work placements at intervals during the course and the course will take between 3 and 4 years to complete.
Throughout May, MK Vet Group will be supporting Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month. The aim of this campaign is to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse within veterinary practices.
Every day working as a veterinary nurse is different – no two pets are the same and each one is treated as an individual.
Did you know that a Veterinary Nurse can also…..
Position patients for X-rays and ultrasounds, Take and run blood samples, Place intravenous catheters, Place urinary catheters, Monitor critical patients, Carry out minor surgical procedures such as removing a lipoma (fatty lump), Using the microscope to evaluate all manner of samples, Calculate the exact number of calories a patient needs per day, along with fluid requirements and urinary output, Assist the Vet in surgical procedures, Revive neonates (puppies and kittens!) during a caesarian section, Assist with CPR of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest, Administer all manner of medication (be it oral, topical, under the skin, into a muscle or veins, Administer oxygen therapy to patients who may be experiencing difficulty breathing, Carry out nursing consultations, Administer second vaccinations, Take blood pressure readings, Update owners of patients who are staying with us for longer periods of time and arrange visits, Triage emergency cases, Support owners through the times where euthanising their pet may be necessary, and ensuring that your pet is always treated with dignity, Giving advice on behavioural problems, Keep the practice clean and tidy and ensure everybody has had enough tea / coffee, Ensuring that we have enough stock of all the drugs and consumables used on a day to day basis, Help on the reception desk, advising clients over the phone
… And this is just the start. Aren’t we busy bees?
If you or someone you know are considering a career as a Veterinary Nurse, please visit http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/i-want-to-be-a-veterinary-nurse/ or http://www.bvna.org.uk/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing.
If you have any further questions, please contact the practice to speak to one of our nurses, we would be happy to help.
Some of you may already know our nurse, Caroline Stevens from our Cat Clinic at Stoke Road. She has been instrumental in us gaining International Society of Feline Medicine’s Cat Friendly Clinic Silver award, ensuring a calm environment for your cats to be treated.
For the last two years, alongside her hard work in the practice, Caroline has been studying for the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing, which we are pleased to inform you she has recently passed.
The Diploma is an advanced post-registration qualification which involved a combination of modules that she studied both on study weekends at Myerscough College and distance learning. Caroline selected clinical modules that reflected her interests, which included anaesthesia, medical nursing and surgical nursing.
Caroline will of course be able to apply her learning to her role as Clinical Coach for our nursing students.
We, as a practice, actively encourage continuous professional development and encourage personal growth across the whole practice team.
Congratulations, Caroline Stevens BSc(Hons) RVN DipAVN Dip HE CVN SQP