May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month! Established by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), this annual initiative is designed to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice. It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing work our qualified nurses undertake on a daily basis at 387 Vets!
Sharon, Amy, Jodie and Sophie have all completed 2.5 year intensive Veterinary Nursing Diplomas to become Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). However, the journey doesn’t stop there. Every 3 years, RVNs must have completed a minimum of 45 hours of professional development to maintain their professional nursing status, although our team do much more to ensure we’re constantly improving and evolving to give best nursing care to your pet.
RVNs are trained and skilled in a hugely diverse range of nursing competencies. On the clinical floor, duties can range from monitoring anaesthesia and performing dental scaling and polishing, to running diagnostic tests, administering meds (under vet direction) and caring for and being alert to any change in a patient’s condition. In their client-facing role, responsibilities include educating owners about pet welfare and best preventative care. But there’s much more to being a veterinary nurse!
Each week during May we’ll be profiling a different member of our team to give you a greater insight into the diversity involved in being an RVN. It’s also a great opportunity for us to show you how amazing our RVNs are and to showcase each individual’s niche areas.
We really appreciate all the fantastic work our RVNs do!