A veterinary nurse holds onto a dog while the vet inserts a drip

Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Overview

Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Day-to-day

  • holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians
  • cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment
  • preparing instruments and handing them to the Veterinarian
  • assisting Veterinarians to administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • placing animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitoring their condition
  • giving medications to animals
  • maintaining stock control and records
  • providing animal care advice, and preparing, delivering, and reviewing animal care education programs
  • may perform diagnostic laboratory tests
  • may act as receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,088 / week
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Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Veterinary Nurse

  • You usually need a certificate III or IV in veterinary nursing to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Some workers complete a traineeship.

    Take a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

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