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Becoming a Veterinary Nurse
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Becoming a Veterinary Nurse

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Also known as Animal Nurse, Veterinary Assistant.
Cares for animals under treatment or in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assists Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
Training time 1 - 3 years
Avg. weekly wage - No data available -
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 1,700

What does a Veterinary Nurse do?

  • holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians
  • cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment
  • preparing instruments and handing them to the Veterinarian
  • assisting Veterinarians to administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • placing animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitoring their condition
  • giving medications to animals
  • maintaining stock control and records
  • providing animal care advice, and preparing, delivering, and reviewing animal care education programs
  • may perform diagnostic laboratory tests

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