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Veterinary Nursing

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This Advanced Level Apprenticeship covers a range of skills and duties that support a veterinary surgeon. Veterinary nursing is the care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice.

Veterinary nurses will carry out a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon; as well as educating owners about maintaining the health of their pets.

Veterinary nurse training involves clinically based training and at least two years of work within an approved veterinary nurse training practice.

As an apprentice you'll work with domestic animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits and caged birds – although you could be working with horses and farm animals too.

You could also progress be a senior veterinary nurse or vet practice manager, helping to run the business side of things.

It’s a job that can be incredibly rewarding, but you’ll also have to deal with seriously sick or injured animals, and sometimes have to put them down.

The job requires compassion, but not sentimentality; scientific knowledge; confidence when handling animals; and a willingness to help out with some of the more unpleasant tasks involved in getting sick animals back to full health.


Job Roles

  • Veterinary Nurse – Small Animal
  • Veterinary Nurse – Equine
  • Head Veterinary Nurse
  • Head Equine Veterinary Nurse


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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The Salary

Starting salary (once qualified): £10,000

The Level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

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