A Veterinary Nurse works alongside a Veterinary Surgeon, in order to provide a high standard
of care for animals. There are other options for Veterinary Nurses such as teaching in a
Veterinary Nurse College; becoming a practice manager or actually training to become a
Surgeon. They also undertake minor surgery, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under
Veterinary supervision. A Veterinary Nurse can also advise pet owners on many issues to
care for their animal - many nurses run preventative health clinics for your animals and can
provide excellent guidance are an excellent source of guidance for advice in normal and
emergency situations.
Training to be come a qualified Veterinary Nurse takes at least two years and gives you the right
to use the letters VN after your name. Training will take place whilst being employed by a
Veterinary Practice which is an approved training centre and two NVQ examinations must be
passed (SVQ is the Scottish equivalent). The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the
Awarding Body for these qualifications. You can train on a part-time basis.
Veterinary Nurses train under the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' Veterinary Nursing
Scheme. Most Veterinary Nurses register to become members of The British Veterinary Nursing
Association, which is responsible for enrolment onto the scheme, maintaining training standards,
and support the nursing profession in many ways.
Normally, to start on a career in Veterinary Nursing, 5 GCSE's are required at grade C or above,
Scottish standard grades 1-3 or higher A-E, including English Language and two passes in a
physical or biological science or mathematics. However the RCVS will also accept a range of
qualifications as GCSE equivalents including a BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in Animal
Care and GNVQ in Health and Social Care.
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