Who is caring for your pet?
Veterinary nurses primary duty is the care of your pet. They also carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of medical treatments, minor surgical procedures, health clinics and diagnostic tests.
The nursing team:
Our veterinary nurses are a vital part of the veterinary team.
The qualified nurses in our practice can be recognised by their navy blue tunics. All of the qualified nurses at Rutland Veterinary Centre are Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs); this means that their name is held on the Veterinary Nurse’s register by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. It is a demonstration that they are committed to keeping their professional qualifications up-to-date and are happy to be held accountable for their professional conduct.
Student Veterinary Nurses (SVNs) can be recognised by their blue and white striped tunics at Rutland Veterinary Centre. These nurses are in training to become qualified veterinary nurses and are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. They are mentored by a qualified colleague in practice and also attend external lectures to learn the theory of nursing.
What do veterinary nurses do?
RVNs carry out all nursing care dictated by the veterinary surgeon in charge of a patient’s case. This may include giving medication, managing wounds, monitoring fluid therapy, providing nutrition and attending to all other needs for optimum comfort during their stay.
Surgical nursing and anaesthesia
RVNs assist the veterinary surgeon during surgery, and also monitor the patient under anaesthesia during the operation. They are trained to recognise different levels of anaesthesia and potential problems. RVNs can also undertake minor surgical procedures themselves, for example suturing wounds or dental scaling and polishing.
RVNs run nurse-led clinics on a daily basis to give advice and support in areas such as nutrition and weight management, management of long-term medical conditions including diabetes and arthritis, post-operative health checks, microchipping, dental care, and puppy and kitten checks.
RVNs run many in-house laboratory tests and relay the results to the veterinary surgeon in charge of the case. RVNs are also trained to take and process radiographs (x-rays) on behalf of the veterinary surgeon to aid diagnosis of illness or injury.