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“Supporting a small animal or equine veterinary surgeon”

Registered veterinary nurses normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a range of care and treatment of animals. As an apprentice veterinary nurse, you’ll train in the provision of skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision. You’ll also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care and welfare. Quite a large part of the veterinary nurse’s work will include dealing directly with clients. There are opportunities to train as either a small animal veterinary nurse or an equine veterinary nurse. Small animal nurses work mainly with cats and dogs but will also learn to care for smaller pets—such as guinea pigs and hamsters, and sometimes more exotic animals such as snakes. Equine nurses work with horses.

Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs, including English, maths and a science, or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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