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As a veterinary nurse, you will assist surgeons in the diagnosis, treatment and care of poorly or injured animals.


What does a Veterinary nurse do?
Responsibilities include:

- Administering drugs, anaesthetics and injections
- Preparing animals for surgery
- Supporting and monitoring animals during operations
- Sterilising and laying out surgical equipment and maintaining the hygiene of the equipment
- Cleaning up after surgery
- Running diagnostic tests
- Preparing and referring laboratory samples
- Taking x-rays
- Caring for and grooming animals
- Giving advice to owners for the care of their animals
- Keeping records
- Filing reports
What skills and interests should an Veterinary nurse have?
You'll need a caring nature and a responsible, reliable attitude. You'll also need excellent interpersonal skills, and a genuine love for animals .
- Analytical skills
- Clinical Research
- Communication
- Healthcare
- Numeracy
- Office Administration
- Teamwork
What hours does a Veterinary nurse typically do?
You will work an average of 39 to 49 hours per week. You should expect to work unsociable hours, including bank holidays, weekends and possibly overnight.
What environment is a Veterinary nurse based in?
There are three different kinds of practices that you can work within: general practice, referral practice and emergency practice.
How much does a Veterinary nurse travel?
You may have to travel to visit animals who are injured.
How much does a Veterinary nurse get paid?
An entry-level salary for a qualified veterinary nurse is £20,588.

With more experience, additional responsibility and extra qualifications, salaries can rise to a high of £28,665.
Perks & benefits
You may receive additional payments for out-of-hours work, accommodation allowance and other benefits, e.g. discounted/free pet foods or veterinary treatment.
What qualifications does a Veterinary nurse need?
To practice as a veterinary nurse in the UK, you must have a qualification accredited by RCVS. You will need a foundation degree (FdSc) or bachelor’s degree (BSc) in veterinary nursing.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
- Veterinary sciences
- Veterinary nursing
- Biology
- Zoology
- Applied science
- Chemistry
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