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.
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 £22,000 per annum and can progress up to £31,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 1,447 employed Veterinary Nurses in the region.