Veterinary Nurse Job Description

Working in a veterinary practice can be very challenging and rewarding if you are a pet lover and willing to care for them daily. Statistics claim that veterinary nursing positions are mostly occupied by females. The advancement opportunities are very good and can offer you financial stability and also personal fulfilling.

Job Description

Veterinary nurses play a major part in a veterinary practice. They work closely with the surgeons and provide them significant help during surgeries. They also take care of surgery preparations and afterwards provide the required care and treatment to the animal. Those who want to apply for these positions are required to have a lot of patience in addition to love and care for animals.

A Veterinary nurse's work includes specific veterinary activities and also a few administrative and secretarial tasks.

Main Responsibilities

  • Perform secretarial tasks such as answer telephone, take appointments, send and receive e-mails, handle the correspondence, make copies and / or print them, prepare reports and welcome and entertain visitors and clients
  • Perform administrative duties including keeping file records about each patient's case history and prescriptions and order and maintain supplies, keep inventory for medicine and medical equipments, handle medical payments and maintain up to date clinical records
  • Prepare animals for surgery and assist the veterinary doctor during surgery
  • Monitor anesthesia
  • Perform radiographs, medical tests and collect samples
  • Carry out medical treatment under veterinary supervision
  • Feeding the animal
  • Administer vaccines, injections, fluid therapy, first aid and aneasthesia
  • Perform dental cleansing
  • Ensure maintenance at the working place
  • Cleaning and sterilizing surgical instruments

Required abilities

  • Good communication skills
  • Highly organized and able to perform without close supervision
  • Time management
  • Decision maker and rational
  • Ability to work overtime and under pressure
  • Likes animals
  • Competent, professional and responsible
  • Self motivated and dynamic
  • Availability to work in shifts
  • Ability to be sympathetic

Education and Training

A veterinary nurse is required to graduate a two or three year veterinary program certified by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Those who want to advance in their career must continue their studies and obtain at least a Bachelor's Degree in this field. Veterinary nurses who already obtained a Bachelor's diploma have better advancement prospects, higher salaries and more responsibilities at work. However, understanding of animal care issues and relevant experience of veterinary practice are often a plus.

Salary and Benefits

Veterinary nurses are usually paid based on their experience, level of studies and overtime hours. The average salary for a veterinary nurse in United States reaches 45.000 dollars a year, normally. Further benefits depend on each working place. Veterinary nurses can perform in large veterinary clinics, small private practices, laboratories, animal welfare groups and zoos. Most employers usually offer paid holiday, vacation and health benefits.