Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons in order to provide a high standard of care for animals. Veterinary Nurses normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a wide range of care and treatment.

RVNs provide skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision.

RVNs also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care.

As with any worthwhile job, the training required takes time, hard work and commitment - but those willing to put in the effort will be rewarded with a career offering variety, interest and daily contact with animals and their owners.

Once qualified, RVN's must pay an annual fee to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to ensure they are Registered on their Register of Veterinary Nurses. This enables the RVN to undertake certain privileges under the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order 2002.

Many qualified RVNs continue to work in veterinary practice, taking on greater responsibilities, such as practice management, supervision of staff, hospital wards, and teaching/training other nurses or supporting staff.

Positions outside veterinary practice includes work in research establishments, laboratories, universities, colleges, zoological/wildlife parks, charities, pharmaceutical companies and breeding/boarding kennels.

Click on the links below for more information: