We’re saluting the unseen work of veterinary nurses on Friday 13 October for National Vet Nurses Day.  AWLQ’s vet nurses work tirelessly to ensure our furry, feathered and scaled family members are cared for and that their needs met.

National Vet Nurses Day was established to raise awareness of the myriad tasks vet nurses undertake in the workplace. Each day, vet nurses play a vital role in working closely alongside veterinarians to administer a range of duties to aid our pets as they undergo check-ups, routine procedures and surgery.

As Kerryn Taylor will attest, there is never a dull day in her role as Head Vet Nurse at AWLQ. Kerryn has been working with AWLQ for 18 years and brings a wealth of experience to her role as a mentor to trainee nurses. She tells us about some of the routine responsibilities of vet nurses caring for animals at AWLQ’s Community Vet Clinics:

“Every nurse has their own role on any given day. We have nine nurses rotating in roles ranging from hospital rounds, treatments and calling clients with updates on their pet’s progress to surgery admissions and discharges.  Other duties might include preparing instruments for daily procedures and attending to emergencies.”

Kerryn has seen first-hand how much the industry has progressed and developed since commencing her career in nursing:

“The standard of nursing has definitely improved over the years, and vet nursing has evolved into a much sought-after profession with excellent training standards.

“On average, vet nurses are required to undertake up to three years of training which includes a large component of practical training in conjunction with multiple levels of theoretical study with the option of further study into more advanced diplomas. We are very lucky at AWLQ as we have a host of very capable and experienced mentors who are eager to provide their knowledge and expertise to trainee nurses.

“We also have some of the most up to date technology including diagnostic and monitoring devices which means that we can offer the client the best possible care for their animals”, Kerryn said.

Kerryn’s secret to a long-term and successful career as a vet nurse?

“Enjoying a successful career as a vet nurse requires a measured mix of being emotionally available to clients and patients offering support while always keeping a level head.

“Aside from being the ultimate multi-tasker and an ardent animal lover, the main role of a vet nurse is to always give 100% to the job as it simply cannot be done half-heartedly.”

Our thanks go to all the amazing vet nurses on National Vet Nurses Day.