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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

Throughout May 2018, National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month helps create awareness of the importance of the veterinary nursing profession and the provision of responsible pet care.

Woodcroft Vets is a registered training practice for veterinary nurses and we employ a handful of trainee nurses to compliment our team of experienced fully qualified nurses. Our qualified nurses are all registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and complete many of the routine day to day tasks involved with the care of your pet.

Furthermore, many of our nurses have chosen to undergo additional clinical training. At Woodcroft we employ nurses who specialise in nursing clinics, nutrition, orthopaedics, cardiology, dentistry, ophthalmology, medicine, soft tissue surgery, anaesthesia, emergency nursing, hydrotherapy and much more.

All of our nurses take immense pride in the level of care they provide.

The range of jobs that a nurse is expected to undertake is vast and includes:

  • Hosting nurse clinics to discuss weight, dental care etc
  • Preparing animals for theatre e.g. sterilisation of the surgical site
  • Monitoring anaesthetics
  • Taking blood, urine and faecal samples
  • Testing samples in a laboratory
  • Providing physiotherapy
  • Cleaning kennels and feeding the in-patients
  • Sterile cleaning of theatre areas
  • Administering medication to patients
  • Positioning animals for x-rays
  • Dispensing medication
  • Performing a dental scale & polish
  • Dressing wounds
  • Reception roles - answering telephones and greeting clients
  • Maintaining and ordering stock levels
  • Plus much, much, more!
It's no surprise then that our nurses are so important to us!

Training to become a qualified veterinary nurse takes a minimum of two years, covering the entire area of veterinary care. From anatomy and physiology to anaesthesia, analgesia and radiography. There are two ways of becoming a veterinary nurse: The first way involves practice-based training for a level 3 diploma. We employ several modern apprentices who do a day release to college for their theory training. The other option is to study for the Veterinary Nursing degree course at university which takes 3-4 years.

If you are interested in becoming a veterinary nurse here are some websites that you might find helpful:

You may also want to watch this video from the BVNA - Is veterinary nursing the career for me?


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