CAREER GUIDES

Here's how veterinary nurses work at animal institutions

Image: 123RF/Vasyl Dolmatov.

Veterinary nurses work under the supervision of veterinarians in private practices, animal hospitals, animal shelters and at institutions where research on animals is conducted.

They attend to animals, give them medicine according to prescription, assist with operations and take laboratory samples.

Veterinary nurses must be able to identify, take care of and handle animals.

The veterinary nurse is usually required to combine general nursing duties with reception and basic administration work, which means making all the necessary enquiries regarding the animal’s illness and completing the required documentation.

This will usually be done on a computer.

This information enables veterinary surgeons to diagnose the problem and prescribe the right medicine for each animal

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