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Corfe Mullen
Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3LH
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Ever wondered what a Veterinary Nurse does?

1st February 2018
Ever wondered what a Veterinary Nurse does?

The ever-expanding role of the Veterinary Nurse...

In this short blog post, Holly, one of our registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN) talks about what the job entails.

Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons in order to provide a high standard of care for animals and are a vital member of the veterinary team.

RVN's normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a wide range of care and treatment.

At Hillside Vets we have three RVNs - Helen who is our Head Nurse, Gemma and myself (Holly).  We are then supported by our Animal Nursing Assistants, Louisa and Tyler - who incidentally also do an amazing job!

RVNs provide skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests (under veterinary supervision).

RVNs also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care including preventative health care.

Here at Hillside, our RVN's also run free pet clinics including Healthy Hopper clinics for rabbits, Old Friend's clinics, Weight watchers for those pets who need to shed a few pounds and our hugely popular puppy parties.

The training to become an RVN takes time, hard work and commitment - but those willing to put in the hard work and dedication will be rewarded with a career offering variety, interest and daily contact with animals and their owners.

Once qualified, RVN's must pay an annual fee to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to ensure they are Registered on their Register of Veterinary Nurses. This enables the RVN to undertake certain privileges under the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order 2002.

Many qualified RVNs continue to work in veterinary practice, taking on greater responsibilities, such as practice management, supervision of staff, hospital wards, and teaching/training other nurses or support staff.

Other important roles undertaken by RVNs include answering the phone, welcoming our lovely clients at the reception desk, giving lots of cuddles, picking dandilions, making sure kennels are kept clean and tidy for our patients, making teas and coffees for our clients, offering a shoulder of support when needed and lots more.

Take a look at this link to find out more from the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) here.


Holly Dunn - RVN 

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