This Friday, October 11 marks International Veterinary Nurse Day. This day was established to raise awareness of those men and women who work alongside the veterinarians to help heal, comfort and protect our pets.
One of the most common questions a veterinary nurse is asked is "How much longer until you become a vet?" or "you've been there so long, you must be a vet now?". Sorry ... that's not how it works! It's exactly like a doctor and nurse situation. Both have chosen their vocational field and both are highly educated professionals. We have chosen the profession of veterinary nursing and we are very happy with our decision.
The role of a veterinary nurse is extremely diverse. We have a wide variety of roles, ranging from reception to caring for sick patients in hospital, monitoring an anaesthetic in surgery and even on occasion scrub in to assist during a complex surgery. It is not unusual for us to go from booking an appointment for a vaccination to assisting in a surgical procedure and then advising a client on the best care for their new puppy, before we quietly slip into a consultation room to comfort someone saying a final farewell to a beloved pet.
Veterinary nurses play an important role in the care of pets and are a vital member of the veterinary team. We carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and procedures such as dental cleanings or taking X-rays under our veterinarian's direction. Our team of Veterinary nurses also advise you on keeping your pets healthy, perform nursing consultations and patient checks and even arranged the animal nursery for the Leeton Show this weekend.
Most people mainly have interactions with our nurses in our reception area or consultation rooms. However, the majority of a nurse's job often remains unseen. Caring for hospitalised patients, monitoring their pain relief and intravenous fluids and managing their wounds and rehabilitation after an illness or surgery. We prepare medical instruments and pets for daily procedures, attend to emergencies cases, perform diagnostic tests and much more ... these are just some of the roles that our nursing team perform on a daily basis.
We do all of this with a smile on our faces, love in our hearts (and sometimes dog pee on our shoes) because we love the profession of veterinary nursing and we love helping your pets receive the best care possible.