Have you ever wondered what a veterinary nurse’s job entails?

There’s no doubt about it; being a Registered Veterinary Nurse is a challenging and rewarding career path to take. But what exactly do RVNs get up to all day and night?

Here at Charter Vets, our hardworking nursing team are on hand 24 hours a day to provide round-the-clock care for sick patients in addition to routine preventative healthcare. Their job is so varied, it’s impossible to list everything here, but you might be surprised to find out the responsibilities that lie with the RVN badge and just how essential they are to keeping the show on the road at a veterinary practice.

A snap-shot of an RVN’s responsibilities include…..

  • Triage emergencies, whatever time of day or night

  • Carry our post-operative checks

  • Administer vaccinations

  • Place intravenous catheters

  • Observe patients’ vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration and pain

  • Take and run blood samples

  • Monitor anaesthesia and animals in recovery

  • Support animals and owners before and after operations

  • Administer medications and fluid therapy to patients

Nurse consultations

Our nurses also run their own clinics, such as hydrotherapy – which helps a wide range of problems such as increasing strength and mobility as well as improving  post-op and injury rehabilitation. They are available for advice on a variety of questions you may have over the phone or in practice.

You can book in with one of our friendly RVNs for a free weight check on your pet. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can give you a tailored plan and endless support on your pet’s dieting journey. Get in touch with your local Charter Vets surgery to find out more.