Veterinary Nurse Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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Veterinary Nurse job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Senior Veterinary Nurse
  • Large Animal Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Nurse (Part-Time)
  • Vet Tech
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Veterinary Nurse Job Description Examples:

 

Example 1

Prospect Health are recruiting for a locum RVN on an ongoing basis The position is available with an immediate start on an ongoing basis, either part-time or full-time. There is the opportunity to cover OOHs if requested. The practice is an independent small animal referral hospital working alongside 22 RVNs and 8-9 vets. The case load is varied with orthopaedics, soft tissue and medical cases. The team is currently working in split groups due to Covid. Day Rate DOE Length of Booking Ongoing Days Required Negotiable On Call Requirements? No Accommodation Provided? No Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements RCVS Registered Eligible to work in the UK What Happens Next? If you are interested in finding out more about this role please click the 'Apply' button. On submission of the job application form, an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest. All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the relevant practice without your consent. Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at or call our Veterinary team on 01423 608195 Not the right job for you? Click here for more Vet Nurse Locum Jobs

Example 2

Prospect Health are recruiting for a locum RVN at a small animal hospital in Leeds Locum RVN required at a small animal hospital in Leeds with the support of other RVNs at all times. The shifts are a mix of medical and surgical shifts and are 8 hours starting between 8am-[website] Day Rate DOE Length of Booking Ongoing from June Days Required Full-time Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements RCVS Registered Eligible to work in the UK Competent in hospital nursing What Happens Next? If you are interested in finding out more about this role please click the 'Apply' button. On submission of the job application form, an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest. All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the relevant practice without your consent. Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at or call our Veterinary team on 01423 608195 Not the right job for you? Click here for more Vet Nurse Locum Jobs

Example 3

Prospect Health are recruiting for a locum RVN on an ongoing basis whilst they recruit based near Leatherhead Locum RVN required from June on an ongoing basis whilst recruitment takes place. The practice is a small animal GP with sociable shifts of [website] Monday to Friday with no weekends or OOHs. The position is a sole charge nursing position so confidence in sole charge work is key. Day Rate DOE Length of Booking Ongoing Days Required Monday to Friday On Call Requirements? No Accommodation Provided? No Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements RCVS Registered Eligible to work in the UK Confident and competent in sole charge What Happens Next? If you are interested in finding out more about this role please click the 'Apply' button. On submission of the job application form, an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest. All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the relevant practice without your consent. Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at or call our Veterinary team on 01423 608195 Not the right job for you? Click here for more Vet Nurse Locum Jobs

Example 4

Prospect Health are recruiting for a locum RVN on an ongoing basis in Worcestershire. Locum RVN required on an ongoing basis at a small animal GP with no OOHs in Worcestershire. The role is 3 days a week with 8 hour shifts and 1/4 weekends. There are also ad-hoc dates to fill in the coming months as well as the ongoing position. Day Rate DOE Length of Booking Ongoing Days Required 3 days a week On Call Requirements? No Accommodation Provided? Yes from June Key Skills, Qualifications and Client Requirements RCVS Registered Eligible to work in the UK What Happens Next? If you are interested in finding out more about this role please click the 'Apply' button. On submission of the job application form, an email alert is sent to the specialist consultant handling this role to register your interest. All dialogue with us is in the strictest of confidence, without any obligation and we will NOT send your details to the relevant practice without your consent. Alternatively, to find out more about this role or any other roles that maybe relevant, you can email us at or call our Veterinary team on 01423 608195 Not the right job for you? Click here for more Vet Nurse Locum Jobs

Example 5

This may vary frombranch to branch General animal care and welfare Office-related administration Assist clinical veterinarians with the treatment of animals, and attend to all nursing and caring of animals including treatment of outpatients Perform hospital quarantine services, and maintain clinic, medicine dispensary unit & theatre services Provide assistance to the veterinarians with the implementation of the preventative medicine program within the animal collection Assist with pest control and hygiene procedure in the hospital, and laboratory supervision & assist with conducting post-mortems Facilitate the Preventative Medicine Programme (PMP) visits and treatments, and performing analysis and research of animal when required. Administering drugs, anaesthetics, and injections Preparing animals for surgery Maintaining, sterilising, and laying out surgical equipment Cleaning up after surgery Preparing and sending off laboratory samples Taking x-rays Giving advice to owners about caring for and breeding animals Writing and Filing reports Dip in Veterinary Nursing SAVC Registration Updated CPD Points Excellent Communication Skills, Verbal and Writing Relationship Building Abilities AND A LOVE FOR Animals Sales Skills will be an advantage Valid Driver’s License Fluent inEnglish

Veterinary Nurse job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so jobseekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Veterinary Nurse job summary

Our veterinary clinic is interested in hiring a Veterinary Nurse to assist in the care of our animal patients, and to spend time teaching our junior staff how to perform basic veterinary functions. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up appointment rooms, assisting the Veterinarian during surgical procedures and cleaning and storing the surgical instruments when the procedure is over. If you love animals and are committed to providing high quality care as a Veterinary Nurse, we hope you’ll submit an application.

Veterinary Nurse responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the employee reports to.

  • Assist the Veterinarian with routine patient appointments and surgical procedures
  • Collect and preserve laboratory samples that must be shipped offsite for more comprehensive testing
  • Perform ultrasound examinations based on the instructions and under the guidance of the attending Veterinarian
  • Collaborate with Veterinarians to develop training courses for staff members
  • Ensure all surgical equipment is properly sterilised and stored
  • Prepare appointment rooms prior to scheduled patient visits

Veterinary Nurse qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful employee. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • Must possess a valid Veterinary Nurse (RCVS) certification
  • 3+ years’ experience as a Veterinary Nurse preferred
  • Experience working with exotic birds preferred
  • Strong communication and leadership skills required
  • 2+ years’ supervisory experience preferred
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