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Veterinary nurses provide assistance to veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.


  • Assists the veterinary surgeon during surgical and medical treatments of animals
  • Prepares operating theatre, sterilises equipment and assists in theatre as required
  • Dispenses and administers medication and applies dressings to animals under direction from the veterinarian
  • Handles animals during treatment
  • Collects and analyses blood, urine and other samples
  • Cares for animals in hospital accommodation and keeps accurate records
  • Maintains the biosecurity of the veterinary premises
  • Advises clients on preventative medicine to maintain appropriate animal health and welfare.

Entry Requirements

Entrants require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Entrants must obtain employment at an approved veterinary practice to gain practical experience and tuition with an employer for a minimum duration of two years. Candidates must also pass professional examinations before qualifying as a veterinary nurse.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £19,000 per annum and can progress up to £31,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,535 employed Veterinary Nurses in the region.

Current Vacancies

Locum Veterinary Nurse - Surrey
/ Purosearch / 4 Feb 2023
Veterinary Nurse - Thame
/ Purosearch / 4 Feb 2023
Registered Veterinary Nurse - Whetstone
/ Purosearch / 4 Feb 2023
Registered Veterinary Nurse - Cambridge
/ Purosearch / 4 Feb 2023
Registered Veterinary Nurse - Hounslow
/ Purosearch / 4 Feb 2023

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