To become a qualified veterinary nurse, you must first undergo training and gain the up to date veterinary nursing qualification. This qualification is called the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s (RCVS) and is available at many colleges or registered practices.
This qualification can be done full time, or you can work to complete it whilst working at a veterinary practice. The RCVS should take 2-3 years to complete and requires five GCSE’s at grade C or above. These are the main steps you must take when looking to become a qualified nurse, however, to find out more, you can contact your nearest college, university, or veterinary practice.
To see how one of our members of staff worked to become a qualified veterinary nurse, read below.
Our Newly Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Alice joined us in July 2015 as a student veterinary nurse and has qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in November 2018. Alice collected her award this May. The ceremony took place at London Zoo which included a tour!
Alice attended Warwickshire College’s Moreton Morrell Campus for 2 years to complete the theory side of her qualification. Meanwhile, she gained practical skills experience here at Riverside with the support of our clinical coach Hayley. Alice’s experience here covered all areas – reception, caring for pets, theatre skills including monitoring anaesthetics and recovery, blood sampling & the preparation of samples for the external laboratories. Alice had to detail her experiences on an online log, as well as written exams before taking her practical skills exam at Hartpury College.
Now qualified, Alice feels equally comfortable welcoming you all on reception or behind the scenes with inpatients. Alice is now working with us full time, so you’re bound to meet her if you haven’t already. When not working, Alice attends Zumba dance classes and is caring for her family’s menagerie of pets, including chickens, fish, cat, ferrets, dogs and her own royal python, Bindi!
Overall, to become a qualified veterinary nurse, you must undergo many steps such as: have a base level of grades such as GCSE’s, work towards an RSVC qualification at a suitable college or university, have at least 60 weeks off full-time experience at an RSVC listed practice and more. Evidently, this career path takes dedication and is a great profession to have, especially when you have a great respect for pets, and animals as a whole.
Veterinary nurses are vital for the caring of animals that are perhaps sick or unwell. As well as this, they are also of significance to pet owners, providing them with key information needed to properly take care of their pets in the long term. If you have any queries or believe your pet has an issue, visit our contact page or call us on 01789 299 455.