Hi, my name’s Hollie and I am one of the student veterinary nurses at Towcester and Weedon Vets! Read about my 1st month working as a student nurse……
I am just about to complete the first month of my new role, and it has so far been one of the most exciting months of my life. All of the vets and nurses have been really friendly, helpful and patient with me whilst teaching me how to use all of the equipment and introducing me to the skills that I need to develop to become a veterinary nurse. I start college in September as part of training and I am very excited!
Becoming a student veterinary nurse has been a rewarding change; I am surrounded by wonderful animals on a daily basis and I get to have loads of cuddles (which definitely make the morning alarm easier to wake up too!) I spend two days of the week at Towcester and two days at Weedon which is providing me with a variety of experiences. I always make sure that I start every day though by saying hello to our inpatients!
At Weedon, I enjoy the client interaction that I get from helping with nurse clinics and by talking on the phone or in the waiting room. I have been helping with dispensing medication, re-stocking essential equipment in the vet and nurse rooms, cleaning kennels, packing surgical kits and I’ve even helped to look after a wild bat that was wedding dress shopping in Weedon! I have really enjoyed learning about anatomy by seeing surgery, x-rays, ultrasound and dental procedures.
At Towcester, I have been able to watch a range of surgical procedures and have shadowed the nurses as they monitor patients through their surgery. I have particularly enjoyed working with the nurses after surgery as they monitor patients through their recovery, and by helping to make sure the animals are fed, watered and walked after their operations. I am currently being taught how to monitor the temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate of patients before and after surgery which has been very hands-on.
I have also just started admitting and discharging patients and it is wonderful to see patients excitably reunited with their owners! I am learning how to hold animals that are having blood samples taken before running these in our in-house laboratory or sending them away for specific tests. This month, I have looked at lots of urine and faeces under the microscope; a smelly but fascinating experience!
My time at Weedon and Towcester Vets has been fantastic; I have had a hands-on experience that has ranged from looking after baby hedgehogs to successfully inserting my first ever microchip! I look forward to continuing my training with a wonderful team.