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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:

The most recent wages survey (2014) from the British Veterinary Nursing Association found that the full time average salary paid to qualified and student veterinary nurses in Scotland is around £20,000 a year. These figures are based on an average of 35 hours or more a week. You can find more details of the survey in the employment section of the BVNA website.

Recent job vacancies for registered veterinary nurses have advertised salaries between £18,000 and £25,000 a year.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


Year Unemployed

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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.

Predicted Employment in Scotland

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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

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 646762
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/
Twitter: @LantraUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lantrauk

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: @RCVS_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thercvs/

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