May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness of the veterinary nursing profession and the vital role they play in animal care and treatment.
Jenny is one of our dedicated Veterinary Nurses here at Blacks Vets and she kindly took time out to tell us about life as a vet nurse.
How long have you been a Vet Nurse and what route did you follow to qualify?
I’ve been in practice since 2013 and qualified for almost three years. I did the Veterinary Nurse Diploma through college.
What attracted you to a career as a Veterinary Nurse?
I like the variety of the job and thought it would be interesting.
What does your job as a veterinary nurse entail?
Helping take and run lab tests. Monitoring animals under anaesthetic, helping with ultrasound scans, x-rays and operations. Looking after hospitalised patients. The list is endless.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a Vet Nurse?
Seeing those patients, you have looked after going home happy and healthy.
What kind of attributes do you need to be a good Vet Nurse?
Be caring and patient. Patience is a virtue!
What would be your career highlight so far?
It’s still early days in my career but eventually, I would like to do more work in emergency and critical care.
Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your story.
To find out more about the role of RVNs in veterinary practice, or if you are interested in finding out more about a career in veterinary nursing, visit the BVNA website at www.bvna.org.uk/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing/a-career-in-veterinary-nursing.