Veterinary nurses are vital to the running of a successful veterinary practice, and are responsible for working with veterinary surgeons to provide care and treatment to a variety of different animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits.
Being a vet nurse can be challenging; the role sometimes involves long and unsociable hours, however the sense of purpose that comes from nursing an ill animal back to health, and the long-lasting friendships fostered whilst working as part of a close knit team, make becoming a veterinary nurse a worthwhile ambition.
To become a veterinary nurse you usually need to complete a formal qualification in veterinary nursing.
Key skills for veterinary nurses
• Good teamworking skills
• Communication skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Administrative skills
Employment of veterinary nurses and veterinery assistants is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. In addition to fast employment growth, high occupational turnover should result in very good job opportunities.
If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as a veterinary nurse
• You have the ability to handle animals in a calm, confident manner
• You have practical skills
• You have the ability to be tactful and sympathetic with pet owners
• You have administration and IT skills
If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning. Then we can assess and provide you the skill assessment record.
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