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Job Description

A Veterinary Nurse Works with veterinary surgeons to provide the best care to animals that need veterinary care.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need:

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may find it useful to have some relevant work experience. This could be as a volunteer with a vet, local kennels, animal welfare centre, or with the PDSA or RSPCA.

The RCVS and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) have information on careers in veterinary nursing.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could take on more responsibility, like practice management, supervising and training new staff, or working in veterinary supplies.

You could also train to specialise in working for a zoological/wildlife park, charity, pharmaceutical company or breeding/boarding kennels.

With further study you could work towards becoming a lecturer or researcher.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Animal care worker
  • Animal technician
  • Assistance dog trainer
  • Kennel worker
  • Pet behaviour counsellor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • good administrative and IT skills
  • concern for animal welfare
  • ability to keep calm when dealing with animals and their owners
  • tact and sympathy
  • ability to communicate well at all levels.

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £26,000

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