At Downland Veterinary Group we are very proud of our nursing team. Our team consists of registered veterinary nurses or RVNs, student veterinary nurses, and animal care assistants. We follow the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, RCVS, code of conduct to ensure that all members of the nursing team only undertake skills that they have undergone appropriate training in, and have been deemed competent. Different members are easily recognisable by the colour of their uniform. All of our nursing team are a very crucial part of the team at DVG. Without them our days would simply not run smoothly.
During working hours they are ensuring that the clinic is clean and tidy and ready to welcome patients. They provide care in kennels for all the ill pets and those recovering from surgery. They assist in theatre and monitor anaesthetics whilst the vets are operating. They also run the in house laboratory and ensure that consultations are running smoothly by providing assistance there. In many cases you will see a member of the nursing team if your pet is coming in for an operation and they will admit them and go through the pre-operative procedures with you. They also ensure that all of the medications are stocked up.
A member of the nursing team is also available for clinics and can provide a whole range of services, which include:
- Nail clipping
- Expressing anal glands
- Senior pet checks
- Removing sutures
- Post-operative checks
- Discharging of pets after surgery
- Taking blood at the direction of a veterinary surgeon
- Giving injections as directed by a veterinary surgeon
- Changing bandages or dressings
- Weight watchers clinics
- Youth club – weight checks for growing pets monitoring their growth and advising about flea and worm treatment
- Weight checks for any age, often including advice about flea, tick and worm treatment
- Socialisation visits for those pets that are scared of the vets and need to have a positive experience
- Some branches offer renal clinics for patients on long term care for renal failure
- Some branches may be able to offer behavioural advice. Please check with reception
If you would like to see someone about any of these services, please do contact reception who can advise about making an appointment for you.