Veterinary nurses provide support to veterinarians in the management and care of animals receiving medical and surgical treatment.
Duties & Tasks
Veterinary nurses may perform the following tasks:assist veterinarians during consultations, examinations and treatments
coordinate patient admission and discharge
care for hospitalised animals, including wound management and bandaging support, feeding and exercising
assist with surgery preparations by clipping and shaving fur or hair, swabbing skin, and administering and monitoring anaesthesia
provide surgical support by handling instruments, swabbing blood, monitoring oxygen and intravenous fluids, and providing post-operative care
perform diagnostic laboratory tests (including urine, faecal and blood tests) and assist veterinarians to produce diagnostic radiographs
assist with procedures involving radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy and electrocardiography
give medication to animals under the direction of a veterinarian
maintain hygiene by cleaning and disinfecting animal cages, floors, benchtops, consulting rooms, waiting rooms and surgeries
sterilise instruments, dressings and other equipment
maintain stock control of medicines, bandages, cotton wool, syringes and other equipment
maintain equipment to be in good working order
perform reception duties, including answering the telephone, making appointments, preparing accounts, accepting payments and writing receipts
provide animal care information on nutrition, parasite control and behaviour
educate owners about responsible pet ownership and maintaining the health and wellbeing of their pets
record and maintain clinical and office records of animals attending the surgery (usually on a computer).
Veterinary nurses work as part of a team in veterinary consulting rooms, surgeries and hospitals. They generally work under strict clinical conditions. They may also be involved in the management of the staff and financial and technical resources of a veterinary practice, animal hospital or similar treatment facility. Working hours may be irregular, including evening and weekend work.
enjoy working with animals
able to handle animals with confidence and patience
able to make accurate observations
good communication skills
good organisational skills
able to work as part of a team.