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Veterinary Nurse

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Veterinary nurses (vet nurses) help veterinary surgeons (vets) treat and care for sick and injured animals. Although most vet nurses work mainly with small animals, in some cases they care for farm animals, horses or zoo animals.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for registered veterinary nurses are normally between £18,000 and £28,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work for a vet in private practice, an animal welfare society such as the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), a zoo or wildlife park, a research centre or a university veterinary school.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1146
2.7 %
RISE
2023
1177
  United Kingdom
2018
14021
3.4 %
RISE
2023
14503

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should not be squeamish, as you will have to:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Veterinary Association (BVA)
Tel: 020 7636 6541
E-mail: bvahq@bva.co.uk
Website: http://www.bva.co.uk/
Twitter: @BritishVets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britishvets

British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
Tel: 01279 408644
E-mail: bvna@bvna.co.uk
Website: http://www.bvna.org.uk/
Twitter: @bvnauk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BVNA-The-British-Veterinary-Nursing-Association/117888781564377

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)
Tel: 0800 917 2509
Website: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/
Twitter: @PDSA_HQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pdsa

For opportunities in voluntary work. There are PDSA centres and contact points throughout the country. By telephoning the Enquiry Freephone, you can be put in touch with the PDSA locally.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Tel: 020 7222 2001
E-mail: info@rcvs.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcvs.org.uk/
Twitter: @theRCVS
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thercvs/

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