May is Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month!
Our Veterinary Nurses play a crucial role within the practice. All our qualified nurses are registered with the RCVS and have undertaken training and exams to ensure they practice at a high standard and a minimum of 15 hours continued professional development have to be undertaken each year.
A nurse’s day involves the following:
- Caring for inpatients, giving medication and monitoring their condition whilst hospitalised whilst at the same time being able to give TLC (this is very important to ensure pets are as happy as possible during their stay with us).
- Taking blood samples and processing them.
- Performing tests and cytology on urine samples.
- The placement of intravenous catheters and monitoring of fluid therapy.
- Monitoring patients whilst under anaesthesia.
- Blood pressure checks.
- Nurse appointments, including clip claws, weight checks, tick removal, post-operative checks.
- Advice to clients on husbandry, fleas, ticks, worms and general care of their pets.
- Assisting with surgery.
Our qualified nurses are also given the opportunity to progress to complete further qualifications which is a great asset to the practice. Nursing Manager Carly Lyons has a certificate of Veterinary Nursing in emergency and critical care. Bognor Head Nurse Lucy Croughan has a certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and Bognor nurse Stephanie Light is currently undertaking a Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Nutrition.
Our nurses are always available to discuss health care concerns with you so please phone your local branch for advice.