Ask the vet
PUBLISHED: 19:15 17 October 2015 | UPDATED: 19:15 17 October 2015
Manu Palomeque 07977074797
Andrew Wills, veterinary surgeon and owner at Toachhim House Veterinary Surgery in Faversham, advises on a career in the veterinary world.
Q: My daughter loves animals and wants to pursue a career in the veterinary world. She would be grateful for any advice
A: If your daughter wants to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse she needs to first gain work experience in the veterinary field. Volunteer work will give an insight into the job and can impress prospective employers when they see she has been proactive in gaining experience. Your daughter will require five GCSEs at grade C and above, which must include English language, mathematics and a science subject.
Once she has gained the results required she needs to find employment at an approved veterinary practice. She will then attend college on day release for a two-year period for theory training and practical tasks, assessed in-house by a mentor, in areas including anatomy, infection control, surgical and medical nursing, anaesthesia and radiography.
There are external exams at the end of the first year. At the end of the second year there’s a written and practical exam; both must be passed before she can apply to have her name listed as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
What does an RVN do?
RVNs work alongside surgeons and provide skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision.
They also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care and become a contact for advice as relationships are built and trust gained from owners.
Every day is different and the job very much depends on what type of practice your daughter is employed in; but if she is a driven individual, she will thrive and want to constantly improve. Put in the effort and she will be rewarded with a lifelong career offering plenty of variety, interest and daily contact with animals and their owners. w www.bvna.org.uk; www.rcvs.org.uk/home and see also www.thvs.co.uk.
Visit: www.thvs.co.uk or call 01795 531313