The nursing team at Southfields Veterinary Specialists are an essential part of the care and treatment received by our patients and we are extremely proud of the commitment, dedication and loving care they provide. Each patient receives individual nursing care dependent on their needs, which aids their recovery.
Our nurses are all registered veterinary nurses (RVN) who are often very experienced in general practice before joining us and developing more specialist nursing skills. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons requires registered veterinary nurses to continue to develop their knowledge of the most up to date and safe ways of treating patients. Many of the nurses at Southfields Veterinary Specialists have passed further advanced qualifications in veterinary nursing and some of our nurses have further qualifications in specific areas such as internal medicine, oncology, critical care and pain management.
The day-to-day jobs of our veterinary nurses vary, but responsibilities may include;
- Preparing patients for surgical procedures
- Providing support to animals and their owners before and after operations Assisting in the operating theatre as a scrubbed veterinary nurse
- Administering medications and fluid therapy to patients
- Observing and recording patients' vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration and pain)
- Applying bandages to wounds and fractures
- Educating animal owners on nutrition and preventative care and providing basic behavioural advice
- Assisting during emergency procedures
- Carrying out a range of diagnostic tests in the practice laboratory (e.g. blood samples, urine samples)
- Taking radiographs
- Dispensing medication and demonstrate to owners how to use them
- Supporting and managing teams
The nursing team are supported by a dedicated team of patient care assistants, who help provide the best nursing care and keep the hospital immaculate. The patient care assistants walk and groom patients, prepare food, feed patients and assist the nurses with procedures. If you are considering a career as a veterinary nurse and would like to know more or to come and spend the day with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Head Nurse, Keri Gilbert or email [email protected].