When most people think of veterinary jobs, they think mainly of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses. However, there are other veterinary related jobs and these include: Animal Nursing Assistant, Animal Physiotherapist, Veterinary Receptionist, Veterinary Care Assistant and more.
There are a great many vacancies working in the veterinary care sector with dogs, cats and other companion animals such as rabbits, reptiles and small animals, as well as with livestock and wildlife. There are various jobs in the private veterinary care sector as well as in the animal charity veterinary sector.
For more information about several veterinary careers, please visit the careers section of our website or get in touch with us for advice.
Having relevant training is essential for working in the veterinary sector.
The Animal Nursing Certificate Award is the recommended course for starting a career working in the veterinary nursing sector. This course consists of theory and practical units and is the pathway for enrolling onto the veterinary nursing course. Some students gain employment working in a veterinary surgery (charity or private) after completing this course, others go on to study further.
Our recruitment team work with veterinary surgeries and other veterinary employers to fill their vacancies. This has helped us gain an insight of the types of training that employers are looking for on CV's and we have developed accredited training courses that enhance employment prospects in many aspects of veterinary care.
Several Animal Charities in the UK run Animal Hospitals providing a variety of services including emergency and routine veterinary treatments. These Hospitals employ many staff in order to provide the array of services. Most animal charities offer micro-chipping and neutering for pets belonging to people on low incomes. Some times this service is free and these are very busy clinics and hospitals. Animal Charities regularly advertise their veterinary jobs with us on our Job Board. Once you have obtained relevant training, it is a good idea to register with our Job Board so that you can apply for the latest vacancies.
We are always delighted to assist with training or career advice, please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat about veterinary career options.
In modern times it is not unusual to see exotic pets along side cats and dogs in veterinary practice. The keeping of reptiles and other exotic species is growing in popularity. In an animal rescue home, you should have some knowledge of all creatures which you may come in contact with. Although you need not be an expert, a passing familiarity will show you in a professional light when dealing with clients.
Advice on care and medical conditions, of course, should be given by the qualified veterinary professional. However, you should have some knowledge about the range and specific animals which are kept as companion (and collection) animals in the UK.
There are a set of ‘rules’ called the five freedoms of animal welfare, which are:
The 5 Freedoms are at the centre of applying knowledge about the various animals kept in British homes and collections. You should be able to apply that knowledge for the benefit and proper welfare of the non-human animal and not for the benefit of the human animal as such. Remember, all animals are kept as companions and/or in a collection because of the wishes of people. The animal itself has no choice over the matter, therefore the 5 Freedoms are vital; as is your understanding of how to apply them.
The standard method is used which describes how the mass of life on this planet is classification. This classification system is also known as Taxonomy. As we are considering only animal life, that part of the classification system only will be concentrated upon in the courses. As a matter of interest, life in general is firstly classified into Five Kingdoms: Bacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants and Animals.
With advances in knowledge and understanding, the 5 Kingdoms are being expanded upon for example, where and what to call viruses. Each part of the taxonomy describes for the scientific community how a given animal fits into the system. An animal fits into the system according to:
The Genus part of classification groups all creatures with a close similarity to each other.The Genus part of an animal’s scientific name is always shown with a Capital letter. The species part of an animal’s scientific name is always shown with a lowercase letter. For example, the domestic cat has the Generic name (Genus) of Felis. The species name is cattus. There is a serious welfare issue in the UK regarding the apparent plethora of animals which can be sold and kept.
Anyone can purchase any type of animal, from a cat to a scorpion. Your job as an veterinary support assistant is the first point of reference for clients, whether face-to-face or over the telephone. A good grounding in the range of creatures kept in households in the UK will help to support you in your job and your colleagues at the practice.
Background knowledge will consist of (i) an awareness of the taxonomy of various animals sold in the UK, (ii) whether certain animals are classed as Dangerous Wild Animals and (iii) how these animals (products) are restocked. Given animals are sold; they are then indeed regarded as a product. Many exotic and non-exotic species sold in the UK are also bred in the UK whilst some animals are still brought in from their wild state.
When we think of “animal care” we possibly think of charitable organisations that exist for the benefit of animals. It is not an exaggeration to say there are hundreds (if not thousands) of animal organisations in the UK from registered charitable organisations to independent one- person outfits.
Not all animal welfare and care organisations are charitable that is, they do not operate to the charitable laws and regulations. They may not be big enough, have the staff to manage the administration or the wish to go through the process of becoming a charity. Sanctuaries and Rescue Centres do what their names describe: they take in animals that no longer have a home or, in the case of wild animals, have been damaged in some way. Both a sanctuary and a rescue centre may keep an animal for the whole life-span. Or, they may be involved with re-homing. Some are involved in obtaining Foster Carers for companion animals. Some of these organisations can arrange emergency veterinary care for example, for injured and ill wild animals.
Some rescue centres and sanctuaries will supply certain veterinary care e.g. castration and spaying and this sort of work offers various veterinary jobs.