Veterinary Nurses

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


New workers
£ 8,933
£ 21,966
£ 32,499

Available jobs

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

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

  • Medical Ultrasonography

  • Surgery

  • Anesthesias

  • Endoscopy

  • Small Animal Care

  • Animal Care

  • Inpatient Care

  • Quality Improvement

  • Animal Welfare

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

  • Negotiation

  • Mentorship

  • Organizational Skills

  • Consulting

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

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.