A veterinary nurse works with veterinarians to ensure that clients' pets are properly cared for and have their health needs met.
The veterinary nurse must be friendly and comfortable with animals, able to work well with both clients and their pets; clients may be upset in emergency scenarios, so the veterinary nurse must be able to calmly and appropriately deal with distressed clients. Aside from interacting with clients to manage expectations and diffuse stressful situations, the veterinary nurse must be capable of aiding the veterinarian with health care tasks. One of the most important tasks that a veterinary nurse assists with is surgery on animals. Often, the veterinary nurse is responsible for administering the anesthetic used in the procedure and helps with other tasks, such as sterilization and clean-up. Additionally, veterinary nurses are responsible for administering medications to the pets, as well as ensuring that all enclosures are clean, sanitary, and conducive to animal health. The veterinary nurse is also responsible for wishing clients goodbye and processing the payment for the veterinary services.
The educational requirements for a veterinary nurse are flexible; however, most veterinary nurses have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Veterinary nurses generally work in a veterinarian's office or veterinary hospital; they often work long shifts throughout the week. Hours may vary depending on the needs and operating hours of the nurse's employer.