Shanade Duggon is a veterinary nurse and teaches animal care and veterinary nursing at Greenmount College and Northern Regional College in Northern Ireland. She wanted to be a veterinary nurse since high school, and set out to gain all the qualifications required. Although there was tough competition for work experience, Shanade was determined to get some and applied to local vets every month until she secured a place.
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Veterinary nurses provide assistance to veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.
Entrants require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Entrants must obtain employment at an approved veterinary practice to gain practical experience and tuition with an employer for a minimum duration of two years. Candidates must also pass professional examinations before qualifying as a veterinary nurse.
- Assists the veterinary surgeon during surgical and medical treatments of animals
- Prepares operating theatre, sterilises equipment and assists in theatre as required
- Dispenses and administers medication and applies dressings to animals under direction from the veterinarian
- Handles animals during treatment
- Collects and analyses blood, urine and other samples
- Cares for animals in hospital accommodation and keeps accurate records
- Maintains the biosecurity of the veterinary premises
- Advises clients on preventative medicine to maintain appropriate animal health and welfare.
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