Description of the veterinary nurse role
There is no typical day for a veterinary nurse and duties are very dependent on the veterinary practice they work for.
The main thing to realise is that the job includes a lot of cleaning and this is one of the most important aspects of the role. Biosecurity and practice hygiene are critical in preventing the spread of disease to other patients, members of staff and clients.
Whilst there is a lot of joy in the job, there are often times of moral dilemmas and sadness. It is essential that you are resilient and able to adapt to the different aspects of the job. Veterinary nurses will often be called upon to support clients during difficult times, deliver bad news and to aid the veterinary surgeon in euthanasia.
Veterinary nurses are an integral part of the veterinary practice team, and team working and communications skills are key to a successful career. You could be on reception one moment, scrubbed up to help the vet with a surgical procedure the next followed by cleaning kennels.