Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month, many people are unaware just how diverse the role of a Veterinary Nurse is. So what is a Veterinary Nurse? Nurses provide a high standard of care for all sick, injured and healthy animals, being responsible for their welfare, comfort and their recovery.

Nurses have a huge range of responsibilities and roles throughout the practice including:

  • Reception duties

  • Infection control

  • Anaesthetic monitoring and recovery

  • Minor surgical procedures

  • Wound care and bandages

  • Taking blood samples

  • Sample analysis (urine, faeces, blood, swabs)

  • Administering and dispensing of medications

  • Inpatient care

  • Emergency care

  • Nurse consults

  • Physiotherapy under direction of veterinary surgeon

  • And many, many more!

Student nurses train either through college or university completing various written and practical exams to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse or RVN. Only someone who has completed these exams and intense training can be entered onto the register and call themselves a Registered Veterinary Nurse and can use the post-nominals ‘RVN’. Once an RVN, we must carry out a certain amount of CPD every year, ensuring we are up to date and can provide the highest standard of care.

Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN) have the knowledge and skill to carry out many technical diagnostic tests, medical treatments and even minor surgical procedures, under the direction of a veterinary surgeon. Student nurses can carry out the same procedures as an RVN but are under continuous direct supervision of an RVN or a veterinary surgeon. There are a few different ways to train as a Veterinary Nurse, I went through university but training can also be carried out through college.

Registered Veterinary Nurses wear their badge, I wear mine with pride as it represents all the hard work I have gone through to get where I am now. If you are interested in finding out more about Veterinary Nursing, I am happy to answer any questions you have about the career.

 

 Love,
Beth & Neville xx

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