Veterinary Nurses

Veterinary nurses assist veterinarians in the treatment and care of sick or injured animals.


New workers

New workers start around £8,933. Normal pay is £21,966 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £32,499.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 20,410 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Advises clients on preventative medicine to maintain appropriate animal health and welfare.

  • Maintains the biosecurity of the veterinary premises.

  • Cares for animals in hospital accommodation and keeps accurate records.

  • Collects and analyses blood, urine and other samples.

  • Handles animals during treatment.

  • Dispenses and administers medication and applies dressings to animals under direction from the veterinarian.

  • Prepares operating theatre, sterilises equipment and assists in theatre as required.

  • Assists the veterinary surgeon during surgical and medical treatments of animals.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Nursing

  • Surgery

  • Medical Ultrasonography

  • Anesthesias

  • Small Animal Care

  • Animal Care

  • Endoscopy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Inpatient Care

  • Animal Husbandry

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Enthusiasm

  • Management

  • Mentorship

  • Organizational Skills

  • Operations

  • Negotiation

  • Consulting

  • Detail Oriented

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.