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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month



This May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month which aims to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice and the provision of responsible pet care to the general public.

Our Veterinary Nurses are extremely important on a day to day basis and we are extremely thankful for their hard-work and dedication.




Did you know that a Veterinary Nurse can….
  • Position patients for X-rays and ultrasounds
  • Take 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 vein)
  • 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
… This is just the start! Aren’t we busy bee’s?

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