Veterinary nurses play their vital role in surgery

Nurse at Cliffe Vets helps microchip a dog
Nurse at Cliffe Vets helps microchip a dog

Many people don’t realise the full extent of a veterinary nurse’s job, and how much they are able to support the vets with whom they work.

They are often thought of as ‘glorified cleaners’. This could not be further from the truth.

At Cliffe Veterinary Group our veterinary nurses play a major role in the day-to-day running of our surgeries.

Under a veterinary surgeon’s guidance, they will:

l Be involved in case discussions, case control, continuity and on-going patient care.

l Run nurse clinic consultations - these include: Puppy/Kitten Clinics, Puppy Parties,

l Post-op Checks, Dental Checks and our very popular Weight Watchers Clinics.

l Prepare animals for operations.

l Scrub in to assist with operations.

l Monitor sedations and anaesthetics.

l Look after hospitalised patients.

l Administer medications.

l Take blood samples and place intravenous catheters and drips.

l Analyse blood, urine and other samples taken from patients.

l Assist with taking x-rays.

l Supplying pet owners with information.

And much more including making time to cuddle the animals that come to visit and that dreaded cleaning!

Anyone interested in Veterinary Nursing as a career should visit the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website