The month of May is veterinary nurse awareness month. It is a campaign that was started by the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) originally in 2005 as a National Veterinary Nurse Day and in 2012 it progressed to a whole month long campaign every May.
The purpose of the campaign is to inform the public of the important role that veterinary nurses have in a veterinary practice and to raise awareness of what that role entails.
Veterinary nurses have a very diverse role and a typical day in practice can entail any and or all of the following!
- Taking bloods, running in-house bloods or sending away to the external laboratory,
- monitoring anaesthetics and sedations,
- nursing the patients who have been hospitalised,
- taking radiographs,
- performing admissions and discharges for the surgical patients,
- answering the telephone,
- assembling the prescriptions,
- suture removals
- setting up intravenous fluid therapy,
- catheters, administering medications,
- assisting the vet in consultations,
- running nurse clinics,
- cleaning, scaling and polishing teeth,
- advising clients over the phone and in person and
- processing insurance claims.
If you are interested in finding out more you can go to http://www.bvna.org.uk/about-us/veterinary-nursing-awareness-month