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