Veterinary Nurse Training
Veterinary nursing involves the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals and assisting the veterinary surgeons.
Veterinary nurses play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction.
All veterinary nurse training is conducted through colleges or universities that offer qualifications accredited by RCVS. To start training you will need to meet minimum entry requirements which are set by the awarding organisation or higher educational institution for your qualification. These typically include Maths and a Science GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent).
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Various courses are offered, including degrees and apprenticeships. Depending on your chosen course you may attend college one day per week or have longer blocks of classroom training followed by practical experience in the workplace. In order to complete your qualification, you will need a work placement at an Accredited Training Practice (such as Towcester Vets) where you will gain the necessary practical skills and experience with support from your Clinical Coach.
Student Nurse opportunities at Towcester Vets
Both our Equine and Small Animal departments have opportunities for student nurses from time to time as our existing students finish their studies. The most common route to student nurse training is to join our team as a nursing/animal care assistant in order to gain more knowledge of practical animal nursing before undertaking a qualification.
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What does it take to be a veterinary nurse?
Veterinary nursing can be very rewarding, as well as physically and emotionally demanding. Skills desired include: the ability to work well with others, able to use initiative, attention to detail, active listening skills, dexterity, excellent customer service & verbal communication, patience and the ability to keep calm in stressful situations.