Veterinary nursing is a rewarding career that offers variety and daily contact with pets and their owners. Veterinary nurses care for dogs in veterinary hospitals that are receiving treatment. They were often given rigorous instruction, enabling them to work in all aspects of the veterinary hospital, from reception to the operating room.
People of all ages are involved in pursuing a career in veterinary nursing. While there is no maximum age limit for starting school, several excellent VNs joined the discipline later in life.
How to get an apprenticeship in veterinary nursing?
Since certain veterinary practises choose existing staff members for student placements, you might need to work as a ward assistant or receptionist to obtain further experience before being admitted for an apprenticeship in veterinary nursing.
Getting an apprenticeship is highly competitive, with supply often outnumbering demand. As a consequence, you would stand out from the crowd.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Get as much hands-on experience with pets as possible. Stables, catteries, kennels, pet shops, canine training clubs, therapy centres, and private zoos are great learning opportunities. Include what you knew and loved in your CV if you have these.
- On the internet, look for online courses. Many animal charities and veterinarian schools provide online short-distance learning classes. Completing it will show commitment and sincere interest. Frequently check if they have been accepted by a well-known educational organisation or the RCVS; never pay for an unaccredited online course.
- Familiarise yourself with the websites by businesses (links below). They will update you with industry news and provide a realistic view of available positions.
- Assist in the creation of a well-written CV. However, it is preferable to go in person and ask about the name of the Head VN and whether you can meet with them for a short meeting to discuss your CV.
Veterinary industry websites
- British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
- British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
- British Veterinary Association (BVA)