The month of May marks Veterinary nursing awareness month, a chance to celebrate the role of the ‘Registered Veterinary Nurse’ (RVN).

What does a vet nurse do, you may wonder? Do they cuddle puppies and kittens all day (we wish!)? What does their role entail?

RVN’s have many important duties and behind the scenes they can be found monitoring anesthetics, medicating pets and checking their vitals, performing radiographs, taking and running diagnostic tests such as blood tests and the list goes on and on…

RVN’s are highly skilled and go through 2-4 years (depending on which route is taken) of intensive training. Before they can become qualified they must complete a series of written and practical examinations.

However, this isn’t the end of learning for an RVN. They must then complete a minimum number of hours per year of continual professional development to ensure their knowledge and skills are up to date to ensure your pets are receiving the best possible care.

RVN’s are also educators and will provide you with help and advice on your pet’s health care, this may be done via nurse clinics, a simple notice board to update you on relevant information or via the telephone for any advice you may need.

RVN’s are an important part of the veterinary team who provide most of the care and attention to your pet outside of the consult room, they work alongside the vet to provide care to pets throughout all stages of their lives.

RVN’s are advocates for your pets and you can be rest assured that they will treat your pet as if they were their own.

We are so super proud of ours!