May is National Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month. The aim is to help create awareness of the importance of the veterinary nursing profession. Veterinary Nurses are sometimes the unseen workforce in practice and many pet owners still have no idea how important veterinary nurses are to their pet’s care and wellbeing whilst they are at the veterinary practice.
Like human nurses, Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) are highly skilled professionals in their own right.
Animals and their caring owners are wonderful to work with and are a huge part of the job. However, some people think that veterinary nursing is all about cuddling fluffy animals while the vet examines them, but it isn’t always that glamorous! RVNs work very hard caring for their patients, which includes dealing with poo, wee, snot, vomit, blood, body organs, parasites, nasty smells and the occasional challenging patient (or owner!) Veterinary nursing can be extremely emotional and is often physically demanding, but all of our nurses agree that it is also an extremely rewarding job.
RVNs work alongside Veterinary Surgeons to provide the highest standard of care and treatment for your pet. This treatment includes skilled supportive care for sick and injured animals, monitoring anaesthetics (yes, thats us and not the vets!), assisting with operations, performing minor surgery, providing medical treatments, carrying out diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision and offering post operative care. RVNs also play a very important role in the education of pet owners.