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Veterinary Nurse Assistant

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by mr.stitches, Jul 6, 2009.


  1. mr.stitches

    mr.stitches PetForums VIP

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    Hi All

    I just wondered if any of you work in a vets, and which route you took to getting a career with animals?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ebonymooncats

    ebonymooncats PetForums Junior

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    hiya

    I am a qualified vet nurse assistant.

    I got my job by looking on the internet. To become a vet nurse assistant you do not have to be working in a training practice but will need to go to college once a week which the vets you are working in may or may not pay you for. It is a year long course - then you can continue on to become a vet nurse.
     
  3. haeveymolly

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    Bet its a lovely job, i know you must get highs and lows, i think i would become too attached, when we had our dog ill he was at the vets loads and loads and that at one time was just in a week bless him, the receptionists and nurses became very attached to him, got to be hard not to.
     
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    this link might help;)
    Careers - BVNA
    It can be quite difficult getting a job in practice as most positions are highly sought after, worth writting a nice letter and asking though.
    It is however not a career for everyone, can be stressfull, hard and smelly aswell as often recieving verbal from clients,collegues and patients!
    But the good side is it is an extremely rewarding career, no day is the same and u do make a difference;)
    Not the greatest paid job and u will often take ur work home with u!
    i started in kennels, then vet reception, then assistant then qualified nurse.
    Left for a while did a few other things and now work for a much smaller practice in the Lake district and it is wonderful:D
     
  5. rona

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    I couldn't do it, too much suffering
     
  6. Staceybob

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    I work as a veterinary receptionist but I work quite closely with the nurses. It is an interesting field to work in; but you need to be strong hearted and prepared to see the worst (I've seen some pretty gruesome things lol). We have two girls currently on a veterinary nurse course; I know they find it hard (coping with working and college) but they're about to take their first year exams (One is taking theirs tomorrow!) I'm sure they'll both do just fine.

    Stacey xxx
     
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    I'm a vet nurse assistant on a waiting list to be sent on my training (few years yet) i went to college and did national diploma animal management i managed to get work experience in different vet practises then on completing the course i sent my cv around and the rspca manager emailed me about an interview

    so theres a few diff routes like people have said but i would deff try and get on a practise to be sent for training that way you can learn alot more by being hands on:)

    it is quite a hard job at times and i for one deff get attached with the animals that stay in over a few days to weeks very upsetting if unfortunatly they have to be ptsd but when they go home and u see how happy they are to see their owners and vice versa it deff makes all the poo and vomit cleaning worth it!!
     
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    I can understand that i suppose you have to focus on the happy endings rather than dwell on the sad ones. You certainly do a great job.
     
  9. dinks

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    Hi Mr stitches
    Im also an RVN and currently working at an orthopaedic referral hospital.I agree it is very difficult to get into but if this is what you want to do then great.We have an ANA who has just sat her exams though i believe she started off working in kennels before coming to us.Best thing to do is either go into your local vets and ask if you can come in for the day to see how things work in practice.Rescue kennels eg branches of SSPCA/RSPCA are also good places to get experience.If its an actual job you are after send in your CV and a covering letter with and SAE to all the practices and refferal hospitals in your area - we have glasgow vet school and also the dick vet school up here.Some practices will specifically employ qualified ANAs some will employ people in the view to training them to become an ANA.
    Good luck!It is an extremely rewarding career.:D
     
  10. fluffybunny2001

    fluffybunny2001 PetForums VIP

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    oo out of interest which specialist?
     
  11. dinks

    dinks PetForums Senior

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    who me?I work in St Monans in scotland - beautiful part of the country right on the coast!:D
     
  12. fluffybunny2001

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    ah isee,wondered if you were down south,my dogs been treated at an orthapeadic referalls down here
     
  13. dinks

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    O i see!No up in good old bonnie scotland lol.Hope your dogs ok?
     
  14. fluffybunny2001

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    yep he`s doing fine,starts his exercise today after 12 weeks of confinment
     
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