THE Friday just passed marked National Vet Nurses Day.
This day is set aside on the veterinary calendar each year to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to the profession.
All of our nurses at the Leeton Vet Hospital are highly trained. We have all studied for many hours over many years to obtain vet nursing qualifications and also to keep our knowledge upgraded each year.
Post-graduate education is important for us so we continue learning new skills in medical advances and animal health.
After all, this knowledge helps us to give your pet the best care available.
The role of a veterinary nurse is expansive. Puppy cuddles are only a very small part of our profession.
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Our team of nurses not only handle inquires about appointments and general health advice, but will also triage patients over the phone or in person to determine the urgency of veterinary treatment required.
Much of a nurses duties go unseen to the public eye. The primary care of patients that are in hospital is often undertaken by a veterinary nurse.
Ensuring that food and water are provided, that they are clean, dry and comfortable and they receive some physical therapy during their stay in hospital is all part of a nurses daily tasks.
Placing intravenous cannulas, taking blood samples and running tests on blood and urine all form part of the daily tasks of a vet nurse.
When your pet undergoes an anesthetic, although the vet is doing the surgery, it is the nurse that is monitoring your pet throughout the procedure.
While in surgery, we are taking your pet's blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.
We monitor your pets oxygen and carbon dioxide levels and we adjust their anesthesia as required to ensure their safety. Vet nurses will then sit with them after surgery to ensure they wake safely and without fear.
We ensure they receive their daily medications, keep those intravenous fluids flowing and, of course, receive a lot of tender loving care.
Our team of nurses love the work we do, we love seeing your pets in the best of health and we are there by your pets side to love them when you can't be.
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