Vet/veterinary nurse

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by leannie, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. leannie

    leannie Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2005
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    Hi all

    Just a stab in the dark, is there anyone who is a vet or a veterinary nurse? In need of some advice. I am looking into maybe becoming aa animal nursing assistant but cannot afford to stop working and go to college. Is there any other route I can take to get into this field and does it pay well? Or does anyone know of someone who can advise me?

    Thankyou for reading and I hope to hear from anyone soon!
  2. Guest

    well i heard that if you go to india or somewhere like that , you can buy the qualification :lol:
  3. beanie

    beanie Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2005
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    I looked into becoming a veterinary nurse (is this the same as an animal nursng assistant?) a few years ago. From what I remember you can study part-time but I think this is usually if you are already working in a surgery. The one thing I do rmember though is that the pay is not good, this is the case with most careers in animal care unfortunelty but I would imagine it is a very rewarding job. I did work experience for a number of weeks at a local vets and I loved it.

    Have attached 2 links that will give you more info. Good luck with it all x ... areer.html
  4. Hypnorm

    Hypnorm Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2005
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    Hi, i am a veterinary nurse - hope i can help.
    An 'ANA' is NOT a veterinary nurse its a course that has recently taken over from the the pre-VN course and i believe you can do it part time.
    A VN Veterinary nurse course can be done on day release, part time, block release, you need to be employed at a training centre, and complete and NVQ portfolio. you can also go to uni and do a degree in Vet nusring but you don;t get paid on placements, at least with the traditional vn course you earn a wage. be it small...
    Wages are not very high ..i've been qualified since 1998 and am earning just over £14000 at a veterinary referal centre.
    For a first year trainee you are looking of a wage of around £7-£9000 or a second year or around £9 - 12. it depends on where you are based.
    you wll probably be expected to work weekends and nights, and alot of the work is shift work. I won't be returning to vet nursing for a while as the cost of child care would basically take 80% of my wage!! but i love my job and it is very rewarding if you get a nice placement
    try the BVNA website they have various info on courses etc

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