Sarah K

RSPCA careers: veterinary nurse

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Fancy working for the RSPCA when you leave school?


Every month we will focus on a different role at the RSPCA so that you can start dreaming about, or even planning, your future career in animal welfare.

Let’s kick off with the veterinary nurse.

What does a qualified veterinary nurse do?

Qualified veterinary nurses provide expert nursing care for sick animals, carrying out minor surgical procedures, medical treatments and tests. They also educate owners on how to keep their pets healthy and happy. They work under the direction of the vet and are a really important part of the veterinary team. RSPCA vet nurses mainly deal with cats, dogs and small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs.

What sort of person would I have to be?

You will need to be energetic, patient, compassionate, understanding, and have a real love of animals and an interest in good animal health along with good communication skills.


Where could I work?

You could work at one of the RSPCA’s four animal hospitals. Two are based in London, and there are hospitals in Manchester and Birmingham.

What qualifications do I need?

You need five GCSEs at grade C or above or Scottish grades 1–3. These must include English language, maths and science (for example, biology, chemistry or physics).

Students can choose whether to specialise in equines (horses) or small animals. Training, which takes at least two years, results in a level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and this means you will be placed on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Does being a veterinary nurse sound like the job for you?
Let us know in the comments. Next time we’ll be focussing on what it takes to be a groom – perfect if you love horses! Watch out for the story, coming in early October!

In the meantime…

To celebrate the launch of our new careers posts, and to make going back to school that little bit easier for you, we’ve got some brilliant Animal Hospital goodies to give away! Come back to the blog this Friday, 9 September to enter the competition!

Sarah K

Sarah K

Hi, I'm Sarah and I look after our fantastic junior membership. I've been at the RSPCA for seven years and I've loved every minute. There are so many dogs around the office - it's great to get to know them all! I love animals and used to have five amazing pet rats. And, in case you didn't know, rats are possibly THE best pet. Well to me anyway. I don't have a favourite animal though - I think they're all amazing. I've even started to like spiders a bit more, weird I know! The thing I enjoy most is seeing animals in their natural habitat - to me there's not much more thrilling than that.

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