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. 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.
Depending on the type of practice you work for, you may be managing the treatments of inpatients, preparing theatre for surgical procedures and monitoring anaesthesia. Some practices run nurse clinics where the nurse manages consultations with clients and their pets. Biosecurity and practice hygiene are critical in preventing the spread of disease to other patients, members of staff and clients; so cleaning is a really important part of the role.
Veterinary nurses are an integral part of the veterinary practice team so team working and communication skills are key to a successful career. Veterinary nurses are often the first port of call for clients, forming strong bonds with them to ensure improved animal health and welfare.