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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. 

Kate Slack is our Head of Nursing 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 qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 1997 and completed my training at Rodbaston College full time for 12 months. I have now been part of the Blacks family for 25 Years. 

What attracted you to a career as a Veterinary Nurse? 

I’m proud to be an RVN, my role has changed a lot over the years, and I work with an amazing team of nurses who I would be lost without. No two days are the same and it's great we offer 24-hour care to all our patients. 

What does your job as Head of Nursing entail?  

I have 34 nurses in my team, they all work so hard and I appreciate each of them. Managing the 24-hour rotas over five branches is a task, but my supportive team make it easier. I’m involved in the surgical co-ordination of the hospital to ensure each day runs smoothly for patients and the teams. 

What kind of attributes do you need to be a good Vet Nurse? 

Kind, honest, trustworthy, team player, hardworking, and a big smile is a must. ? 

What advice would you give someone thinking about a career as a Vet Nurse? 

It’s hard work and not easy but so very rewarding. 

What are the best things about working at Blacks Vets? 

The whole team is like a family, we look after each other and care for each other. 

What would be your career highlight so far? 

When I got the position of Head of Nursing, I’m proud of how I have grown in this role over the years. 


Thank you, Kate, 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